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Respite from the bird flu crisis: Chinese Official says high Risk Period is "Over"

by Medindia Content Team on  April 9, 2006 at 6:26 PM Bird Flu News   - G J E 4
Respite from the bird flu crisis: Chinese Official says high Risk Period is
According to a senior Guangdong health official of China the tide has ebbed and has declared an end to this year's peak human bird flu season in the province.

But as a damper this claim was brushed aside by other health specialists.
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The senior health official was Luo Huiming, director of the Guangdong Centre for Disease Control's Epidemic Disease Prevention and Cure Research Institute.

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He said, "The weather has begun to get warmer and lowered the chances of the H5N1 virus surviving and being transmitted. Therefore the high-risk period for people catching the disease is over."

But Zhong Nanshan, a SARS expert and head of the Guangdong Research Institute for Respiratory Diseases said, "It is too early to make such a statement."

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