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Cablegate: Avian Influenza Update: 180,000 Birds Destroyed; No

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STATE FOR EAP/CM, CA/OCS/ACS/EAP, AIAG, OES/IHA, MED
STATE PASS TO USAID FOR ANE AND GH
CDC FOR OGHA AND DIV-FLU
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR OSD/ISA/AP
HHS PASS TO FIC/NIH
USDA PASS TO APHIS, FAS (OSTA AND OCRA), FSIS
BANGKOK FOR RMO, CDC, USAID
BEIJING FOR HHS HEALTH ATTACHE AND RMO
PHNOM PENH FOR CDC INFLUENZA COORDINATOR
VIENTIANE FOR CDC INFLUENZA COORDINATOR

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SUBJECT: Avian Influenza Update: 180,000 Birds Destroyed; No
Evidence of Animal-to-Human Transmission

REF: A. Guangzhou 1048; B. Hong Kong 2443

1. (SBU) Director of the Guangdong Veterinary Center of Epidemic
Prevention and Control Yu Yedong told us September 20 that the
Guangzhou government had culled 180,000 fowl from farms within three
kilometers of Sixian village (Ref A). NOTE: This is an increase from
the 134,384 ducks, 18,786 chickens, and 150 doves culled by
September 18. END NOTE. In addition, it mandated a second vaccine
injection for poultry located near the infection area. These steps
supplement the September 18 decision by the Panyu district
government to suspend the operation of poultry markets located
within the thirteen-kilometer-radius infection surveillance zone.
Hong Kong authorities have also taken steps to prevent the
introduction of avian influenza there (Ref B).

No Human Cases
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2. (SBU) Guangdong Department of Health Emergency Response Office
Director Wu Yueqi told us that more than 60 people who had been in
contact with the infected ducks -- including farmers and quarantine
staff -- have had blood tests and are under a seven-day medical
observation. No flu-like symptoms have yet been reported from this
group. The Department of Health continues to stress the surveillance
of flu and pneumonia-like symptoms with unknown causes.

GOLDBERG

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