China Fighting H1N1 Swine Flu

The Chinese mainland is seeing an increasing number of cases of the A/H1N1 flu. So far, 8 people died after contracting the virus. Many public sectors around the country are doing their best to combat the growing threat.

In Beijing, subway workers have been disinfecting facilities five times a day. And ventilation systems at newly built subway lines are working through the night. Each train is disinfected at least once a day.

In Sichuan province, people are receiving the vaccine, including many areas that were affected by last year’s earthquake.

In the municipality of Chongqing, health sectors are supplying 2 tons of traditional Chinese medicine for residents. All are free of charge.

In Shandong province, health officials have offered tips to combat the flu.

Yang Hong, Dietician of Qingdao Haici Hospital, said, “Stewed mutton is not only delicious, but can also keep out the cold and increase people’s resistance to diseases. Eating more fish, meat, eggs and milk, and boiling vinegar for disinfection, are all effective ways of preventing transmission.”

In Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, department stores have stopped their central air-conditioners. They have turned on electric fans and are opening more windows and doors to keep fresh air circulating.

People are also coming up with their own ways to protect themselves against the virus.

A resident said, “We often wash our hands as well as the children’s. It’s not terrible.”

In southwestern Yunnan province, the local disease control center has strengthened quarantine and inspection measures at border checkpoints. It has printed health declaration cards and informative materials in various languages for the convenience of people entering the country.

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