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China's Ministry of Health has sent six top-level specialists on epidemic prevention to mudslide-hit county of Zhouqu as a part of efforts to prevent an outbreak.
Figures from the ministry show that more than 700 medical staff are working in Zhouqu. The area is being sterilized and bodies are being properly handled. Efforts are also being taken to ensure drinking water and food safety. According to a statement released late Tuesday by the health ministry, some 138,000 square meters in the mudslide-hit county, including three drinking water sources, have been disinfected. Eleven catering establishments are also being supervised. No epidemic outbreak has so far been reported.
Liang Wannian, head of Emergency Health Office, said, "We have organized medical specialists to assess the risk of an epidemic spreading, and according to their suggestions, we have adopted prevention measures like an intensified immunity program and health education, providing people with medicine to prevent epidemic from spreading."