Friday, November 25, 2005

News - Singapore steps up efforts to keep bird flu out

SINGAPORE, Nov. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- As increasing bird flu outbreaks have been reported across the world with a majority of the human infection and death cases occurring in Southeast Asia, Singapore is stepping up efforts to keep the H5N1 virus out of its door.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) warned early this month that Singapore is likely to be one of the worst-hit countries if a bird flu pandemic breaks out.

Fortunately enough, no such case has been found here so far.

Since birds, especially migratory species, are to blame for transmitting the disease, Singapore has doubled the avian flu tests on wild and migratory birds from once every two weeks to once a week since mid-November.

Xinhua - English

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