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China allocates $725 mln to fight swine flu

RIA Novosti

06/05/2009 09:58 BEIJING, May 6 (RIA Novosti) - The Chinese authorities have allocated 5 billion yuan ($725 million) for measures to keep the swine flu virus at bay, the Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

The country will continue to carry out medical examinations of tourists from countries affected by the deadly virus, and has now resolved to disinfect all vehicles and cargo arriving from such states.

On May 2, Chinese medics put 25 Canadian students in a weeklong quarantine, on the grounds that Canada has registered the third highest number of cases, following the United States and Mexico. None of them developed symptoms of swine flu so far.

A total of 21 countries have officially reported almost 1,500 confirmed cases of the A/H1N1 infection and 31 deaths.

The Chinese government has also sent a chartered flight to evacuate about 100 of its nationals from Mexico City and Tijuana in northern Mexico. Direct flights between China and Mexico were suspended on Saturday.

The Chinese health ministry was instructed to boost research into swine flu vaccines and medicines, including those based on traditional Chinese medicines.

First cases of selling fake anti-swine flu drugs have been registered in the country. On Tuesday, Chinese border police arrested a migrant worker from central China's Hunan Province, who sold a "miracle" swine flu drug to crews of foreign ships in Shanghai.



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