Japan holds bird flu drill

JAPAN - Japan began a drill yesterday to test its readiness for dealing with a human case of bird flu, with a limping mock patient _ wearing a white mask and labelled "Mr A" _ being whisked to hospital in an ambulance and tested.
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The drill being held in Tokushima prefecture in southern Japan is based on a scenario in which a person develops symptoms of bird flu after returning from a country where the H5N1 virus has mutated into a form that passes easily from person to person.

Local residents given roles as the patient's family members and neighbours will also be checked as part of the drill, a spokesman for the prefectural office said.

The local governor will hold a video conference call with Heath Ministry officials in Tokyo to exchange information, and the prefecture will be called on to update the public on the case via the Internet.

Source: The Brunei Times

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