By Shannon Najmabadi
With the number of H7N9 flu cases still rising, Premier Li Keqiang called on authorities to remain vigilant against the virus and to up efforts in diagnosing and treating infected people as early as possible, Xinhua reported on Sunday.
While visiting the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Li said that every effort would be taken to treat infected patients and that none would “have to deal with delayed treatment because of costs.”
As of Sunday, China has reported more than 120 cases of the H7N9 virus which has resulted in at least 23 deaths. On Saturday, the centrally located Hunan province reported its first case of the virus.
Li spoke to a CDC branch in east China’s Zhejiang province, where some of the earliest cases of H7N9 were reported. He also addressed a CDC branch in Lushan County – which was recently struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake – and encouraged them to “double their efforts to prevent epidemic outbreaks in shelters erected for earthquake victims.”
Li added that the government would continue cooperating with international organizations and would keep informing the public of the virus’s development.
The government will work to introduce modern technology to the poultry industry in order to prevent future epidemics, Li said.