The Malaysian National News Agency BERNAMA reports, that the China’s southern Guangdong province has rejected findings of a research done by an American team, from the University of California Irvine, that the province is the source of the deadly H5N1 avian flu.
The American researchers from the University of California Irvine made the claim in a report on the genetic analysis of the virus published in the US journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.They said samples of the virus taken from across China to Russia showed the basic version of the virus is a form seen in Guangdong and that China’s northwest Qinghai Province is another source of the avian flu spread.
He Xia, a (lady) spokesperson for the Guangdong Provincial Agricultural Department, told China Daily “The findings, which say that Guangdong is the source of multiple avian flu virus strains spreading both regionally and internationally, are the wrong conclusion to the evidence and lack credibility,”
The daily also quoted Yu Dewen, a spokesman with the Guangdong Provincial Health Department, as saying that no official research had indicated that bird flu originated in Guangdong so far.
China has of course been accused several times in the past, of being more than a little economical with the truth, about viral infections and other health problems in the country.
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