There are no confirmed cases of Swine Flu in China so far and no reports of the virus being found in pigs in latest control tests. There are however, no guarantees that China will not be affected.
With a population of 1.3 billion people, and the world's largest pig population, the consequences would be disastrous if the virus took hold in the country. Preventive measures are being stepped up such as enhanced inspection at entry points, advance sterilization of passing vessels, closely monitoring of regions with large numbers of pigs and a round-the-clock working plan at all medical departments ordered by the Health Ministry.
We hope lessons learned from the SARS outbreak in 2003 will help better prepare China to deal openly with any possible effects of the Swine Flu.