Kyrgyz Health Minister Metalin Mamytov recommends that the national authorities stop traffic to China in connection with the SARS epidemic.
At a briefing in Bishkek on Thursday, the minister said that it is necessary to stop traffic via checkpoints on the Kyrgyz-Chinese border and to cancel regular flights on the Bishkek-Urumchi route.
These measures will reduce the SARS risk for Kyrgyzstan, he said. The minister stressed that no SARS patients had been registered in Kyrgyzstan.
"However, regular mutual visits of Kyrgyz and Chinese citizens, mostly businessmen, could trigger an epidemic," he said.
The national medical services are working to control the epidemiological situation, Mamytov said. "Quarantine centers have been formed in Bishkek, Osh and a number of other cities. The republic's doctors have several laboratories to diagnose the disease," he said.
More than 600 Chinese citizens have come to Kyrgyzstan over the past four months, the health ministry said. The Bishkek department of the health ministry ordered the administrations of large marketplaces, where Chinese businessmen work, to keep the Chinese nationals' health under control on a daily basis.
Interfax, May 08, 2003