11 Jan '12, 6am

There is 'little chance' of a bird flu epidemic in China, says Chinese health expert

BEIJING (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A health expert Tuesday ruled out the possibility of a large-scale bird flu epidemic in China, which reported a death caused by H5N1 virus on the last day of 2011. 'Under the current circumstances, there is little chance of a large-scale bird flu epidemic, but there will be individual human cases,' said Mr Li Dexin, director of the Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention under the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), at a press conference on Tuesday. Since the monitoring network and treatment have improved over the past few years, bird flu is not likely to cause a big health crisis, Mr Li said. On Jan 2, health authorities in south Guangdong province confirmed that the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus led to the death of a bus driver in Shenzhen, but the source of the virus remained unclear.

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