Thursday, December 22, 2005

News - China, WHO in cooperation

Chinese scientists have presented the World Health Organization with two samples of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, along with their genetic sequences.

The samples will help scientists worldwide better understand how the highly pathogenic virus mutates. WHO officials say China has made a great contribution by sharing the samples. WHO Western Pacific Regional Director, Doctor Shigeru Omi says China is an important battleground for bird flu and they hope to widen cooperation.

Doctor Shigeru Omi said: "It's not just China. In many countries in Asia, the virus is already entrenched and imbedded in many parts of the countries. It is not an easy task and the challenge is a very difficult one. I think the Chinese government has showed very strong commitment and political leaders are already committed and so is the Ministry of Health."

CCTV-English Channel-????

1 Comments:

At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was reported a while ago that China's bird flu cases may be much higher than officially reported. The news came from a Japanese virologist working on behalf of the World Health Organization. He said the information came through informal channels from his Chinese colleagues. Check out the PandemicNews.org article on the topic.

 

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