China tightens bird flu precautions

Beijing, Dec 21: China’s top health authority Friday directed health departments at all levels to tighten supervision of new pneumonia and flu cases.

According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, Wednesday, east China’s Jiangxi province confirmed a human case of H10N8, a new strain of bird flu, Xinhua reported.

The commission also said that south China’s Guangdong province has reported six cases of H7N9 bird flu since October, and Zhejiang province reported five cases in the second half of this year.

It urged local health authorities to make prevention and control of H7N9 a priority, strengthen monitoring of the virus, and step up medical treatment.

Winter and spring are traditionally the worst seasons for infectious respiratory disease.

IANS