China has denied the existence of a new strain of H5N1 bird flu in its Fujian province as reported by a science journal in the US.
China's chief veterinarian Jia You Lin Friday refuted the report in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that a new strain of H5N1 bird flu in its Fujian province had already spread to Malaysia, the Laos and Thailand, and may cause a major outbreak in Asia and Europe.
'In fact, there is no such thing as a new Fujian strain at all,' Jia said at a press conference organised by the office of the State Council, China's cabinet.
'The date used in the article is not true. Its method of research is not scientific. Its conclusion cannot be established and is completely against the fact,' Jia said.