In a prepared statement, the ministry said China's strategy for addressing avian influenza in chickens centered on the use of a preventive vaccination rather than anti-viral drugs.
"This is groundless and isn't in accordance with the truth," the ministry statement said."Amantadine is an anti-virus medicine for humans," it added. "The Chinese government has never permitted farmers to use amantadine to treat bird flu or other virus-related disease."
More controversy from China comes from the apparent refusal of the Chinese authorities to allow WHO inspectors to visit Xinjiang, the site of the latest reported outbreak. Recombinomics has the full story. On the plus side, WHO and FAO inspectors are finally on the ground in Qingahi, the site of the earlier bird flu outbreak in China.