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China capable of detecting swine flu: expert
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China has the technologies to detect the Swine Influenza A/H1N1 and is taking measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the country, an inspection and quarantine expert said on Sunday.

Li Huailin, director with the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine affiliated to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said the academy was currently assisting relevant authorities to taken necessary measures to prevent the entrance of the swine flu found in the United States and Mexico.

The new flu strain, a mixture of swine, human and avian flu viruses, has killed at least 62 people among about 900 cases in the two countries by Thursday.

According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, no cases of the swine flu had been so far reported in China as of Sunday.

Although there is no vaccine to fight the virus so far, the center said the swine flu was "preventable, controllable, and treatable."

On Saturday, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued an emergency notice requiring people to report flu-like symptoms at the point of entry when coming from the deadly swine flu affected places.

People who developed flu-like symptoms after returning from the disease affected regions within two weeks should also report to the local entry-exit inspection and quarantine authorities.

These people reporting flu-like symptoms must be scrutinized and the those who have been infected or are suspected to be infected by the virus should be isolated and treated, the administration said.

(Xinhua News Agency April 27, 2009)

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