TEST kits may be distributed to clinics or private doctors in Guangzhou after a World Health Organisation team asked for surveillance to be stepped up. The WHO team, in Guangzhou to discuss the bird flu scare with mainland health officials, said the Chinese test facilities were satisfactory and up to international standards. But team spokesman Dr Daniel Lavanchy said there was a need to expand sample collecting in hospitals, citing Hong Kong as an example. He said most of the bird flu cases in Hong Kong were found in hospitals, which he said was 'rather unusual'. He said WHO might consider sending officers to work with Chinese doctors on site if necessary. A Hong Kong representative, Director of Health Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, said there was a need for a unified procedure to test for the bird flu virus and collect data. 'The H5N1 is a new virus which has never before been found to be contracted by humans,' Dr Chan said. 'So there is a need to have a unified system so experts in any part of the world can have a 'common language'.' In Hong Kong, poultry farmers, wholesalers and retailers directly affected by the poultry slaughter have picked up compensation cheques for more than $72.5 million. Nearly 1,000 cheques had been picked up by last night. Chicken farmers collected 120 cheques worth $36.3 million.