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Old 8th April 2013, 10:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Six travel agencies My Paper spoke to yesterday said there was no significant decrease in the demand for China tour packages in this period.

Nigel Chen and Chong Yee Lim
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SINGAPORE - Despite the bird-flu situation in China, many Singaporeans are going ahead with holidays there.

Six travel agencies My Paper spoke to yesterday said there was no significant decrease in the demand for China tour packages in this period.

The companies said travellers here are generally not afraid to go to China as they trusted the advisory the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued last Saturday.

The advisory said the World Health Organisation did not advise against travel to China for now, as there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the new H7N9 bird-flu virus.

MOH also advised travellers to avoid direct contact with poultry and birds or their droppings, and to ensure poultry and eggs are cooked thoroughly before they are eaten.

The H7N9 virus was identified on March 30 in China, with three known cases then in Shanghai and Anhui.

There are now 20 confirmed cases of infection. Of these, six people have died. The latest two cases in Shanghai were announced by the Chinese authorities yesterday, AFP reported.

A Hong Kong girl was also suspected of having the H7N9 virus but later tested negative for it, the South China Morning Post said last Saturday. Still, the Hong Kong authorities could not rule out the possibility of an outbreak in the city.

An SA Tours spokesman said it has not had a marked decline in sales nor sudden cancellations for trips to China because "Singaporeans realise that if there is immediate danger, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would have released a travel advisory to dissuade travel to China".

Ms Alicia Seah, senior vice- president of marketing for Commonwealth Travel Service Corporation, said the firm is still taking about 2,500 customers to China this month, about the same number as in previous years.

She added that April was the peak period for holidays to China, as it is spring and the scenery in the country would be the most beautiful at this time of the year.

A 49-year-old IT company director, who wanted to be known only as Mr Pang, said he is planning a trip to Yunnan with his family and had "absolutely no worries" about the virus. "I trust the China local authorities will control the situation there, as well as the advisory issued by Singapore's MOH," he added.

The New York Times reported last Thursday that United States health officials have begun to make a seed vaccine to counter the virus, as a precautionary measure. It will take at least a month to create it.

Meanwhile, China has approved a new type of flu drug that might be effective in treating the H7N9 virus, China Daily reported yesterday.

Source: http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%...08-414214.html

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Re: Bird flu? S'poreans still flying to China

I believe that this is the main reason why influenzas can spread quickly, throughout the world.

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Re: Bird flu? S'poreans still flying to China

People just simply are not afraid of things like this...Sigh

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