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Poultry farmers get free vaccine:
BIRD flu vaccine is now available free to farmers, China's chief veterinary said today.
Jia Youling, director of the Veterinary Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture, warned farmers not to use unauthorized vaccines, which may have no effect.
He said the central government will share the cost of vaccines with local governments, and the proportion depends on different regions. The central government will pay 20 percent in the eastern region, 50 percent in the central region and 80 percent in the western region.
Local governments will pick up the rest.
Jia stressed that people must not eat birds that die of disease. The H5N1 virus will not stay alive in a high temperature, but people can be infected if they pick up a dead chicken or remove feathers.