China to shut borders if bird flu mutates – Susan Fenton

From Reuters:

China will close its borders if it finds a single case of human-to-human transmission of bird flu there, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Saturday, while a defiant Taiwan said it would copy a patented antiviral drug.

Saving lives would be Beijing’s top priority in efforts to contain a possible outbreak of , even if it meant slowing the economy, Huang Jiefu, a vice minister of health, was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post.

See also “Birds smuggled to Taiwan from China test positive for bird flu” from AFX, via Forbes.com. More on this topic, via Google News.

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