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China determined to improve animal epidemic control ability
( 2004-02-05 13:37) (Xinhua)

China will improve its mechanism ofanimal epidemic prevention and control, said Liu Jian, Vice-Minister of Agriculture at a press conference Thursday morning.

Since China reported its first case of bird flu caused by the deadly virus H5n1 on Jan. 27, the nation has taken decisive measures in controlling the epidemic, Liu said.

However, the epidemic prevention and control work has also met some difficulties as poultry is in a huge number in the country, farmers might take diversified raising methods, and besides, poultry farms are always sporadically distributed in countryside, said Liu.

"But we believe we can bring it into control as long as we makeefforts and rely on science and the people," Liu said.

Considering the difficulties and problems in the battle againstbird flu, Liu said, the country will further improve the prevention and control mechanism of animal epidemics.

"We will also strengthen our efforts in research of animal epidemics," the vice minister said.

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