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No outbreak of epidemic so far in quake zone: official

2010-04-16 09:22:03 GMT2010-04-16 17:22:03 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

People wait to receive treatment at a military tent hospital in Gyegu Town of earthquake hit Yushu County of northwest China's Qinghai Province e,April 16,2010.Dozens of medical team have rushed to Yushu from all over China since the 7.1-magnitude quake struck here early Wednesday.(Xinhua)

BEIJING, April 16 (Xinhua) -- No outbreak of epidemic has been detected so far in the quake zone in China's northwestern Qinghai Province, said Chen Xianyi, director of the Health Ministry's disease prevention and control bureau, Friday.

In natural disasters like this, the health authority's major tasks include treatment of the injured, epidemic prevention, and giving psychological aid, Chen said at a press conference.

The health authority would make special efforts to ensure clean drinking water, food and environment in its epidemic prevention work, and at the same time focus on prevention in key region, on key diseases and key groups of people, according to Chen.

The ministry has sent experts to the quake zone to give guidance and support to help their local bureaus to offer psychological aid to local residents.

Central government departments and organizations including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the China Communist Youth League, and the All-China Women's Federation have set up a coordinating group to provide psychological aid in an orderly way, Chen said.

As Yushu was mainly inhabited by Tibetans, the Ministry of Health was rushing to translate relevant psychological aid documents into Tibetan language, according to Chen.

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Yushu in Qinghai Wednesday morning and has left 791 dead so far.

A military doctor dose type-B ultrasonic check for an injured at a tent hospital in Gyegu Town of earthquake hit Yushu County of northwest China's Qinghai Province,April 16,2010.Dozens of medical team have rushed to Yushu from all over China since the 7.1-magnitude quake struck here early Wednesday.(Xinhua)

A military doctor cures an elder at a military tent hospital in Gyegu Town of earthquake hit Yushu County of northwest China's Qinghai Province e,April 16,2010.Dozens of medical team have rushed to Yushu from all over China since the 7.1-magnitude quake struck here early Wednesday.(Xinhua)

People wait to see doctors at a military tent hospital in Gyegu Town of earthquake hit Yushu County of northwest China's Qinghai Province e,April 16,2010.Dozens of medical team have rushed to Yushu from all over China since the 7.1-magnitude quake struck here early Wednesday.(Xinhua)

Injured people receive treatment at a military tent hospital in Gyegu Town of earthquake hit Yushu County of northwest China's Qinghai Province,April 16,2010.Dozens of medical team have rushed to Yushu from all over China since the 7.1-magnitude quake struck here early Wednesday.(Xinhua)

Military doctors move an injured into a military tent hospital in Gyegu Town of earthquake hit Yushu County of northwest China's Qinghai Province,April 16,2010.Dozens of medical team have rushed to Yushu from all over China since the 7.1-magnitude quake struck here early Wednesday.(Xinhua)

A military doctor checks an injured at a military tent hospital in Gyegu Town of earthquake hit Yushu County of northwest China's Qinghai Province,April 16,2010.Dozens of medical team have rushed to Yushu from all over China since the 7.1-magnitude quake struck here early Wednesday.(Xinhua)

Injured people receive treatment at a military tent hospital in Gyegu Town of earthquake hit Yushu County of northwest China's Qinghai Province,April 16,2010.Dozens of medical team have rushed to Yushu from all over China since the 7.1-magnitude quake struck here early Wednesday.(Xinhua)

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