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China Should Stockpile Flu Vaccine Now

04-29 14:26 Caijing

China has established a nationwide flu monitoring network, with 84 labs working on methods to detect the virus and decode its genetic series to help develop a vaccine.

By staff reporter Xu Chao

 

(Caijing.com.cn) China should stockpile flu vaccines and other anti-flu drugs as soon as possible to help contain any outbreaks of swine flu, an expert who attended an emergency conference on government preparations for a possible pandemic told Caijing.

 

Research on a specialized swine flu vaccine is still ongoing, but current flu vaccines will offer some measure of protection and may help prevent infection, the expert, who declined to be identified, told Caijing. He spoke following the conference, which was called by the Chinese Center For Disease Control and Prevention on April 27.

The center will cooperate with agricultural authorities to strengthen the monitoring of pig farms, especially in urban areas, to ensure any outbreak is effectively contained.

 

The World Health Organization on the same day raised the pandemic alert level for swine flu to level four, indicating risks of community-level outbreaks. Countries around the world are taking emergency precautions against the potential of an epidemic.

 

China has established a nationwide flu monitoring network, with 84 labs working on methods to detect the virus and decode its genetic series to help develop a vaccine. No cases of swine flu have turned up on the mainland as of April 27.

 

The death toll in Mexico, where the swine flu outbreak first took hold, rose to 149 on April 28. In Asia, South Korea reported the first case on the same day, while New Zealand has reported cases involving students returning from Mexico.

 

Full article in Chinese: http://www.caijing.com.cn/2009-04-29/110156227.html

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