China's animal disease plan24th January 2007
The Chinese government has announced a US$1.13 billion programme to control severe animal diseases - including bird flu - by 2015.
Working across five ministries, the plan sets out targets for prevention, control and eradication of animal-borne diseases.
It provides for the setting up of a nationwide animal epidemic prevention system, working at central, provincial, county and village levels of government.
Four national-level laboratories will work in tandem with more than 2,000 animal disease control and prevention centres around the country.
China has reported 22 confirmed human cases of avian influenza, which has ripped through poultry flocks across East and Southeast Asia. Chinese farmers have suffered losses of more than US$1 billion from the H5N1 virus since 2004.
Stations for aquatic disease control will also be set up in 490 cities and towns. About 18,700 veterinary surgeries will be opened in villages and towns, along with 250 national-level centres in nature reserves to supervise the health of wild animals.
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Title: China's animal disease plan
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1814
Date Added: 24th Jan 2007