Home>News Center>China

Influenza outbreak brought under control
By Liang Qiwen (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-04-27 06:16

GUANGZHOU: An influenza outbreak that occurred in South China's Guangdong Province has been brought to control, the Guangdong Provincial Health Bureau announced yesterday.

The bureau said none of the 286 people who fell ill in the village of Xuhuang near Leizhou need to be hospitalized and there have been no deaths. All those infected are recovering.

The outbreak spread quickly over a few days because people were gathered together to watch opera performances.

There were only six new cases of illness yesterday, but there is no evidence that they are flu-related.

Feng Jiwei, director of the Leizhou Health Bureau, said its superior department, the Zhanjiang Health Bureau, has delivered 150 kilograms of banlangen, a drug made up of Chinese herbs for curing fever and flu, to the village.

Feng said all patients have received treatment in their village and did not go to hospital. Health departments in Leizhou and other parts of the province sent hundreds of doctors and nurses to Xuhuang.

Guangdong Vice-Governor Lei Yulan ordered health departments to follow closely the development of the outbreak and step up efforts to spread health knowledge.

According to the Guangdong Provincial Health Bureau, the affected people, most of whom are students in elementary and middle schools, had developed a very mild respiratory tract infection. Their symptoms included fever, coughs and myalgia, a kind of muscle pain. Schools involved have been closed.

A local source explained the outbreak occurred because a large number of villagers got together to watch performances of Leizhou Opera. The performances were staged in Xuhuang continuously over 10 days before the outbreak began last Monday.

The virus spread to hundreds of people in just a few days. About 500 people had been infected.

(China Daily 04/27/2005 page3)

  Today's Top News     Top China News

Lien Chan starts historic trip to mainland



Watchdog urges control of 'tumour' in economy



Nation enjoys soaring overseas visitors



Enhancing mine safety 'top priority'



42 held for protest property damage



Influenza outbreak brought under control


  KMT chairman leaves Taipei for mainland visit
  Track-laying completed on 75 percent of Qinghai-Tibet Railway
  Olympic venues to be opened for public use
  Invented something? Now flaunt it here
  Niujie Mosque in Beijing gets facelift
  Country improves river's navigation
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  News Talk  
  It is time to prepare for Beijing - 2008