Skip to comments.Sichuan Government Raised Warning Level - PANDEMIC ALERT
Posted on 07/31/2005 11:33:20 AM PDT by datura
On July 31 (BJ time), Sichuan government has raised warning level of the so-called "Streptococcosis Suis". It warns the high risk of this disease. Government sent 50,000 immunity professionals to the region.
The message is sent through posters, before farmers did not know the disease until there were people infected around them.
By the time Boxun issues this message - 4pm (BJ time), XinHua News' web page still shows the death toll of July 30. There is only one item that was from yesterday. It seems that this warning is only for Sichuan Province.
Armed, no doubt. I can't see this for under 200 infections reported. There is MUCH more going on than meets the eye here.
If they sent 50,000 to help...good God, how many must be infected?
To help, or to cover? Either way, that's a LOT OF HELP.
BTW: How are you today?
Did something get out of a bio-warfare research lab? It looks like the Chinese government is in full panic.
massive proactive response ,... let us see if numbers get either tweaked or explained or both
Exactly. I doubt if they get it stopped now, if it's that big.
"China Bans Media From Covering Outbreak
07-31-05 at 11:10AM
Chinese authorities have banned local reporters from visiting areas where an outbreak of a pig-borne disease has killed 34 farmers, ordering newspapers to use dispatches from the state news agency, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Sunday.
A total of 174 confirmed or suspected cases have been linked to the bacteria streptococcus suis in China's southwestern Sichuan province, where farmers who handled or butchered infected pigs have been sickened in dozens of villages and towns. Symptoms include nausea, fever, vomiting, and bleeding under the skin.
Sichuan authorities have ordered local journalists to stay away from locations where the disease surfaced, and told newspapers to instead carry stories as issued by the official Xinhua News Agency, including the headline, Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News reported.
Calls to Sichuan's provincial government headquarters in Chengdu seeking confirmation of the media ban went unanswered." http://www.kfmb.com/stories/story.19080.html
So much for "transparency".
Or "The Dark Tower"?
I've not read any of that series....and now it might be too scarey!
It's much like the Stand - only 7 volumes long. Some familiar characters -- Randall Flagg for instance.
It isn't scary - it's more about life long, long, after the avian flu hits earth.
for later read
I like your new tagline. Here's some more news:
A 20-year-old man showing bird flu symptoms has been hospitalized in Kazakhstan's Pavlodar region, where 600 domestic geese died between July 20 and July 30 as a result of an outbreak of the disease in the area.
The patient, a poultry farm worker from the village of Golubovka, was later diagnosed with double pneumonia and taken to the intensive care unit of Pavlodar's regional infectious diseases hospital in a critical condition, sources in the region's emergency medicine center told Interfax.
"All birds that might have contracted the disease from the infected geese have already been slaughtered and the poultry farm has been disinfected. Virus samples have been sent to Kazakhstan's National Veterinary Center in Astana to establish a final diagnosis," Emergency Situations Ministry sources told Interfax.
The above report strongly suggest the first H5N1 reported case in Kazakhstan. Golubovka is just 120 miles southwest of Kupino, on of the locations in Novosibusrk positive for H5N1. Both locations are just southwest of Chany Lake, where H5 has been isolated previously. These earlier isolates share regions of homology with the H5N1 isolates from Qinghai Lake, and all outbreaks have involved fatal infections of geese, which usually are resistant to H5N1..
A pneumonia case in Kazakhstan supports the rumors that the pneumonia cases in Tacheng, Xinjiang province are additional human H5N1 cases in China. The isolation was said to be for patients and staff with bacterial pneumonia, which is not serious or contagious.
The likely human case in Kazakhstan also lends support for detailed reports of human cases in Qinghai Province near Qinghai Lake. The sequences of the isolates contain mammalian polymorphism and were lethal in experimental chickens and mice, again pointing toward a significant risk for serious human cases.
Boxun reports on patients in Sichuan also raise the possibility of H5N1 infections. Sichuan is adjacent to Qinghai province and media has been barred from talking to patients or residents, strongly suggesting the fatal cases involve more than bacterial infections. The viral component could be Ebola, H5N1, or both.
The possibility of a raging pandemic in China appears to be more likely than ever and the failure of China to release samples and information should be addressed by more than just WHO, who have not been given permission to visit Tacheng, which is five miles from the Kazakhstan border.
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