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China, Vietnam Announce New Bird Flu Prevention Measures


China and Vietnam have announced new measures to halt a potential spread of bird flu.

China says it is suspending imports of poultry and related products from 14 countries that have reported bird flu outbreaks.

Vietnam has announced a ban on imports of poultry and pet birds from affected countries. It also banned the raising of poultry in urban areas and halted sale of blood pudding, a local delicacy made from the raw blood of poultry or other animals.

Meanwhile, heads of government from Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam are meeting today in Bangkok to discuss the bird flu situation.

And a Chinese drugmaker is in talks with Swiss drugmaker Roche about making Tamiflu, used to treat bird flu in humans.

Tuesday, President Bush outlined a $7 billion plan to prepare the United States for a possible bird flu pandemic.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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