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.
Note to self: Dont dig up dead pigs and sell meat to customers.
Is that like pork kim chee?
Sorry so late in response to you, I've been digging around to see what I could see.
China will never admit to the actual numbers of infected. They can't.
This is getting scarier by the day. 50,000 immunity professionals.... Good god how big is this thing? Makes you wonder why no media is able to cover it.
I dont know...all I know is I read these diseased pigs were buried and some guy dug them up and sold the meat
WHO is not generally high on my list of good guys - but the fact they are being kept out does not bode well at all.
Fine as well, thanks. You're right about the ChiComs - They CAN'T let the real numbers out. But can they stop it? I don't think so.
I did an FR search and didn't find this story. If it's already been posted, I apologize.
Even if it's as bad as all that, don't we have to go through "epidemic" before we get to "pandemic"?
I mean, 100 years ago epidemics killed a million people that no one outside the immediate area even knew about.
They may need that many professionals to cover this kind of an outbreak considering the layout and population.
Neither do I.
I read that too - the ChiCom gov't doesn't pay the farmers for their loss, so in turn they dig them back up and sell what they can.
Unlike kim chee, they don't let it ferment.
The other problem is that this disease infects birds, as well as pigs. 1918 all over again. Flies - especially blow flies - also carry this new disease. So if a truck picks up a load of dead pigs or birds (birds they tend to merely dispose of in LAKES (??????)), the flies get on the carcasses and then spread the disease.
To me, the genie is out of the bottle.
I believe it is much worse than we're hearing. China is such a closed society that if they are sending out 50,000, and are admitting to that number, we could be in for a real shocker when the numbers start to come out.
Remember Chernobyl? The Soviets kept saying it wasn't bad...till the numbers had grown so large, they could no longer keep their secret.
Plus, you've got Kazahkstan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea (they say they stopped it - (right), India, southern Russia, Mongolia, and more.
Can someone clarify exactly what streptococcus suis is? Strep is bad new any way you look at it.
OK, I read on and found the specifics...it pays to read first.
50,000. That's one third of our peak combat deployment to Iraq.
For trying to put an infectious disease back into the lab, I think Beijing must be in a panic - BIG TIME.
ping...read it all to get to the 'english' info down in the thread.
After reading this thread the Pork Roast we were going to have for dinner is now going into the freezer.......
"streptococcus suis" is completely fictional.
The genetics of this are a cross between Ebola SZ and H5N1. From the sounds of it, the "splicing" is rather crudely done, but it functions.
It is the human polymorphism in the H5N1 that gives it the additional lethality in mammals, and now with the swine recombination it transmits easier.
After this is all said and done, I think we need to take the chemistry/biology tools away from the ChiComs. They don't appear to be trustworthy with their toys.
"They CAN'T let the real numbers out. But can they stop it? I don't think so"
That's were the 50,000 immunity professionals come in, aka "Cleaners" you know what I mean?
I wonder if the immune professionals are inmates from their prisons???
Big time. That's what's so all fire scary. If they are that frieghtened...how bad must it really be?
Thanks for posting that link. Here's another article from Recombinomics - look at the date, and what we're talking about!
Pandemic Influenza as a Bioweapon
February 23, 2005
>> "Anyone who is honest about this has to admit that if al Qaeda launches a spectacular biological attack which could cause contagious disease to be spread, no entity in the world is prepared for it," Noble said. "Not the U.S., not Europe, not Asia, not Africa." <<
Since the WSN/33 situation in Korea provides some valuable insight into detection and reporting of bird or human flu, and wire services are carrying stories about biologic attacks by terrorists causing a contagious disease, it is worth reviewing some of the lessons learned from the swine WSN/33 infections.
If pandemic flu is the contagious disease of choice, selection of WSN/33 at this time would offer some advantages. It is already transmissible from human-to-human, has been shown to be lethal in mice, has mutations in NA and PB2 that increase lethality, is widely available, and could be used without genetic manipulation.
As has been seen in Korea, introduction of the agent into pigs would allow it to spread almost undetected. Verification of its spread (or existence) has proven to be exceedingly difficult. Movement from swine to humans has not been reported and all reported isolates are missing the PB2 mutation. This may be due to a survival selection offered by recombining or reassorting with prevalent H9N2 subtypes. Most of the swine isolates have an avian PB2, but even the isolates that have half of a human PB2 have the 3' half of the human gene replaced with avian sequences. Thus, the results from the Korean swine may indicate that starting with a very lethal virus has disadvantages in that a less lethal virus will emerge virtually undetected.
A second choice would be the H5N1 currently causing the high case fatality rate in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia. This version would be even more available, since it is excreted in large amounts by asymptomatic ducks, and is present in multiple organs in fatal infections. Although human-to-human transmission of H5N1 is limited, infecting a few international travelers would generate worldwide panic if these passengers became ill outside of areas with indigenous H5N1. Use of infected currency as a vector for transmission has been widely discussed.
A third approach would involve genetic manipulation. Creating an efficiently transmitted H5N1 would be relatively easy. Swapping a human receptor binding domain from a human flu virus into an H5 backbone would improve transmission efficiency and such an agent would quickly disseminate worldwide. Of course such an agent would be hard to control, and most unvaccinated people would be at risk. Since influenza evolves via recombination, implementation of an efficient laboratiry strain might be eclipsed by a natural version, and there would be uncertainty over the origins of such an agent.
Thus, like WSN/33 in Korean swine, taking credit for such a biologic attack may be difficult, since most countries appear to be unable to even determine if such an attack has happened.
Transmission of these exotic diseases seems to be pigs, birds, mosquitoes. Some are human to human transmission...Air-born???
An eight year old girl dies in Indonesia of Avian flu today. Here's the story.
"They don't appear to be trustworthy with their toys."
Streptococcus suis, an important pathogen of pigs, is endemic in most pig-rearing countries of the world, including the UK. The organism is carried in the tonsils of pigs, and pig-to-pig spread is mainly by nose-to-nose contact or by aerosol over short distances. Human infection with Streptococcus suis is rarely reported and only about 150 cases have been reported from the world literature. Two serotypes have been implicated in human infections; S. suis type 2, an established zoonotic human pathogen and more recently S. suis type 14. Human infection may be severe, with meningitis, septicaemia, endocarditis, and deafness. People in direct contact with pigs or pig products are considered at risk. Asplenic patients are known to be at greater risk from the disease. Human infection is thought to occur mainly via cuts or abrasions when handling infected carcasses.