1. What is avian influenza? And what is highly pathogenic avian influenza?
2. How long is the incubation period for HPAI? And is it contagious during this period?
3. What are the channels of transmission for bird flu?
4. What are principal clinical manifestations of HPAI? And how do they differ from those of Newcastle disease?
5. What are the epidemiological characteristics of HPAI?
6. Does an outbreak of HPAI correlate with the age, gender and species of poultry?
7. Can HPAI be transmitted through eggs?
8. Why does HPAI mostly break out in winter and spring?
9. Is there a vaccine available for prevention of HPAI?
10. Is it necessary to treat HPAI-infected poultry?
11. How should HPAI-affected poultry's coops, infected materials and surrounding areas be disinfected?
12. What kinds of disinfectant are effective against the avian influenza viruses? And how should they be used?
13. Would raising chickens, ducks, geese and pigs in close proximity lead to an outbreak of HPAI?
14. Would better poultry-rearing management practices have an effective role to play in the prevention of HPAI?
15. How can occurrences of HPAI be prevented?
16. How can HPAI be prevented from getting into a hatchery or brooding room?
17. Are poultry-rearing practices linked to the incidence of HPAI?
18. What is the scenario recommended for immunization against HPAI?
19. Can poultry affected with HPAI recover?
20. Why should all the poultry within a 3-km radius of the HPAI affected spot be slaughtered en masse?
21. Why should poultry, which has been destroyed, be disposed of on a bio-safety basis?
22. Why should a blockade of an HPAI affected area be enforced?
23. Why track down the origin of the epidemic during an outbreak of HPAI?
24. How is the time for lifting a blockade determined?
25. What is the benchmark used for identifying that an outbreak of the epidemic has been stamped out?
26. Why are migratory birds placed under surveillance during an outbreak of the epidemic?
27. How can the spread of the infection to chickens and ducks being raised in backyards be stopped?
28. What are the present achievements of research into HPAI?
29. Approximately how long does it take to positively identify the pathogens? And what tests are used?
30. What criteria for HPAI diagnosis are laid down in the 'Provisions of Technical Regulations on Prevention and Treatment of HPAI' issued by the Ministry of Agriculture?
31. How has the scientific world approached HPAI?
32. Is HPAI harmful to ordinary urban residents?
33. What should one do if exposed to contact with HPAI-infected poultry?
34. How are farmers supposed to cooperate with the government in the HPAI-affected region?
35. What measures have been taken by the Ministry of Agriculture to prevent and stamp out HPAI?
36. Can poultry breeders including ordinary poultry-farming households cope with a suspected HPAI epidemic on their own?
37. Under what conditions can infected materials be gathered for etiological segregation?
38. How will HPAI epidemic situation reports be made public?
39. How is accountability upheld in the event of the legislation or disciplinary code being violated?
40. How are breeders in the epidemic area compensated?
41. Is avian influenza listed in the "Category of Disease Species" for Class One epidemics and listed for mandatory immunization?


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Delegates attend a China-Asean special session on the prevention and treatment of bird flu opened in Beijing on March 2, 2004. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, also director of China's anti-bird flu headquarters, was present at the meeting. The epidemic has been plaguing many east and southeast Asian countries and has led to the deaths of more than 20 people in Viet Nam and Thailand. [China Daily]

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