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Medics prepare for infection threats

SHANGHAI has made serious preparations for disease prevention and control at the World Expo, and only a globally spreading infectious disease with destructive impact could force the authorities to close the Expo zone, health officials said yesterday.

"Profound health care has been set up to give Expo visitors and local residents high-quality medical service. Routine health service in local hospitals won't be influenced due to the Expo," Xu Jianguang, director of Shanghai Health Bureau, said at a briefing yesterday.

Officials said the city has taken preparatory steps to handle 15 highly risky infectious diseases that occur in spring and summer around the world, including training for early detection and treatment at all local city and district-level hospitals.

Installation and equipment arrangement for the five medical stations inside the Expo zone will start operation tomorrow. Eight designated hospitals are in full swing for the Expo service.

"In addition to ordinary medical service, we have designated hospitals for nuclear, biological and chemical events," Xu said.

"We will hold comprehensive drills on April 20 and 24 on medical rescue inside the Expo zone and patient transportation."

Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said the Expo months are the peak season for viral food poisoning.

"Inspection of the entire process of food supply, preparation, cooking and serving will be conducted to prevent food poisoning cases," said Xie Minqiang, deputy director of Shanghai FDA.

Addressing the recent scandal involving re-used cooking oil, Xie said that authorities will tighten inspections and procedures.

"Cooking oil is always a key target of local food inspection," Xie said, "and 99 percent of cooking oil has qualified in recent checks.

"We can't say the 1 percent of oil which fails to pass the check is swill oil, since there is no technology in the nation to identify swill oil which is made from kitchen oil grease."

"We are working hard to develop our technical method to identify swill oil," Xie said.


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