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China Raises Epidemic Response Plan Amid Re-Emergence Of Bird Flu

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Just when you thought it was safe to play fowl again, China's CDC-equivalent has raised its level of concern to level-3 amid concerns that the bird flu virus is back (but this time in a different form). China reported on Tuesday that four more people in one province were seriously sickened by a bird flu virus new to humans. SCMP reports that the four latest cases follow three earlier ones reported on Sunday, including two men who died in Shanghai, resulting in the city activating an emergency plan that calls for heightened monitoring of suspicious flu cases. Cases of severe pneumonia with unclear causes are to be reported daily by hospitals to health bureaus, up from the weekly norm. The plan also called for stronger monitoring of people who work at poultry farms or are exposed to birds. The H7N9 strain has previously been considered not easily transmitted to humans, unlike the more virulent H5N1 strain, that has since killed 360 people worldwide. There is no evidence, as yet, that any of the three earlier cases, who were infected over the past two months, had contracted the disease from each other but on the bright side, the announcements, as lacking in details as they are, show that the government is mildly more transparent in handling health crises than it was a decade ago during the Sars pneumonia epidemic.

Via SCMP,

China reported on Tuesday that four more people in one province were seriously sickened by a bird flu virus new to humans while cities along the eastern seaboard stepped up public health measures to guard against a disease that has already caused two deaths.

 

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Based on the bureau’s statement, only one of the patients appeared to come into daily contact with birds – the 45-year-old woman, who was described as a poultry butcher. The four cases did not appear to be connected, and people who have had close contact with the patients have not reported having fevers or respiratory problems, it said.

 

The provincial health bureau said it was strengthening measures to monitor suspicious cases and urged the public to stay calm, joining Beijing and China’s financial capital, Shanghai, in rolling out new steps to respond to the relatively unknown virus.

 

The four latest cases follow three earlier ones reported on Sunday, including two men who died in Shanghai, resulting in the city activating an emergency plan that calls for heightened monitoring of suspicious flu cases. Under the contingency plan, schools, hospitals and retirement facilities are to be on the alert for fevers, and administrators are to report to health authorities if there are more than five cases of flu in a week.

 

Cases of severe pneumonia with unclear causes are to be reported daily by hospitals to health bureaus, up from the weekly norm. The plan also called for stronger monitoring of people who work at poultry farms or are exposed to birds.

 

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“The health bureau will take effective and powerful measures to prevent and control the disease, to make sure the flu epidemic is effectively guarded against and to safeguard the health of the city’s residents,” said Xu Jianguang, head of the Shanghai Health Bureau.

 

The H7N9 strain, so named for the combination of proteins on its surface, has previously been considered not easily transmitted to humans, unlike the more virulent H5N1 strain, which began ravaging poultry across Asia in 2003 and has since killed 360 people worldwide.

 

Health officials said this week there was no evidence that any of the three earlier cases, who were infected over the past two months, had contracted the disease from each other, and no sign of infection in the 88 people who had closest contact with them.

 

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The announcements, as lacking in details as they are, show that the government is mildly more transparent in handling health crises than it was a decade ago during the Sars pneumonia epidemic. Then, as rumours circulated for weeks of an outbreak of an unidentified disease in southern Guangdong province, government silence contributed to the spread of the virus to many parts of China and to two dozen other countries.

 

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Tue, 04/02/2013 - 11:59 | 3399821 Abraxas
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It's not just China. We should all abandon this ideology of raping the planet for resources in order to enrich ourselves. Only then our woes stand a chance of being over.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:21 | 3399889 Skateboarder
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Shut up and consume, CONSUMER.

( not you, Abraxas =p )

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:33 | 3399934 Abraxas
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Understood. However, I AM a consumer of various alcoholic beverages.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 13:01 | 3400034 Chump
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Starve the beast and grow some pot.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 13:25 | 3400114 SamAdams
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any linkage to the thousands of swine dumped in the rivers?

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 14:04 | 3400284 Stuck on Zero
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Swine I understand.  Is the bird in this case a black swan?

 

 

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:27 | 3399911 tonyw
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Bullish for big pharma.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 13:20 | 3400102 Ethics Gradient
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The real danger is if bird flu combines with swine flu. I know, I've seen the film. But it's OK. As I understand it, all the pigs are already dead. That's a good thing, right?

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 14:16 | 3400327 Rustysilver
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Not all the bigs are dead; only the early adapters.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:38 | 3399948 viahj
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too late.  not only have we raped (stripped) the planet, we have stabbed it, burned it, poisoned it and suffocated it. 

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:45 | 3399969 malikai
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"The planet will be fine. It's the people you should worry about."

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:05 | 3399837 Son of Loki
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Remain calm....all is well (as kevin Bacon explains in a classic clip from Animal House):

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDAmPIq29ro

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 16:03 | 3400739 eaglerock
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Not only should they quarantine these patients, they should also put them on double secret probation just to be on the safe side.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:07 | 3399840 McMolotov
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I'm worried about the Turtle Flu:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlW8tqMKEAM

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:18 | 3399875 IridiumRebel
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I imagine the Bourbon flu affects more ZH readers than this........

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:08 | 3399846 phat ho
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Ahhh-chooo!! ok, who ordered the Orange chicken pizza..... (snif)

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:10 | 3399855 PUD
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NAME ONE THING GOOD THAT EVER CAME OUT OF THAT TOXIC WASTE DUMP SHIT HOLE CALLED CHINA

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:16 | 3399869 IridiumRebel
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cheap Walmart shit?

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:16 | 3399870 LeisureSmith
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The Junk.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:16 | 3399873 McMolotov
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Zhang Ziyi. She's hawt.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:20 | 3399880 IridiumRebel
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http://www.thefrisky.com/2013-02-06/meet-diana-pang-the-chinese-porn-sta...

I love the Porn to Politics conversion.....just seems like a natural transition. 

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:22 | 3399887 Temporalist
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At least she knows what it means to do an honest day's work.  Now shes going from porn actress to prostitute.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:39 | 3399949 Agent P
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Gunpowder...and of course, Chinese food.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 13:55 | 3400248 Ferrari
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I'm not a fan either but to answer your question, gunpowder, the compass, noodles, etc., etc. 

I live in an Ivy League town. The nice thoroughfare from my childhood now looks like a scene in Shanghi, so this story would not be good news for this community if it develops.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 15:16 | 3400537 WillyGroper
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Gunpowder.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:13 | 3399858 kito
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Just give the birds some chicken soup.....always worked for me......

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:24 | 3399899 Skateboarder
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They already do that. Chickens eat chicken soup, pigs eat pig soup, and cows eat chicken and pig soup. Cows used to eat cow soup, and they still do in some fucked up places.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:44 | 3399881 Peter Pan
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It is essier to make a joke than it is to remember that humanity has experienced threats to its existence through plague, Spanish Flu etc.

Apart from the spontanoeous appearance of such diseases one is even more fearful of some super bug being accidentally/purposely being released from some lab.

One also wonders whether such bugs can be so "catchy" that they have the ability to not only ground air travel but also trade.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 13:28 | 3400126 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Overcrowding and lack of sanitation will all but guarantee some sort of superbug sickening and/or eradicating large scales of people in certain large population centers. It is already starting to happen in India.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 14:00 | 3400270 LFMayor
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Bonus Round, you say?

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 14:46 | 3400419 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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That is part of the warmup. We haven't even gotten to the main act yet. Bonus Round is the insult to injury black swan event like the comet hitting or Yellowstone erupting while everyone is on the ropes.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:23 | 3399893 yabyum
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All  the while their rivers are choked with dead swine and chickens, I'll have a BLT, and the chicken noodle soup.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:45 | 3399971 Lordflin
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Three converging forces... war, economic collapse, epidemic disease... personally, my money is on war, but perhaps we should start a pool....

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:56 | 3400011 hannah
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16,000 dead pigs and 1,000 dead ducks...!?...me thinks they already have a problem up river.....

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 13:47 | 3400215 q99x2
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Nothing like a good pandemic to boost the formation of a middle class. Works everytime.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 13:58 | 3400264 LFMayor
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Hey AnAnon,  if your dirty ass countrymen would quit sleeping with the fucking livestock and use some good old fashioned Amercianizm SOAP AND WATER you might accidentally not infect the world with superbugs every damn year.

And for all these years I believed those Calgon "ancient Chinese secret" commercials and thought you all were like... clean or something.

Hygiene.  Some minimal effort required, you filthy little 3rd world savages.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 14:00 | 3400269 exgop
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Man made flu

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 21:35 | 3401643 Miffed Microbio...
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Perhaps not man engineered but possibly man made due to sanitary conditions. When investigating the SARS outbreak in that same region they came upon a farm housing civet cats in horrendous conditions. Cage after cage of cats on top of one another where feces dripped onto lower cages. Other animals intermixed as well. This is virus heaven. Especially with the multitude of species it can recombine in alternative forms. Civet cats and workers carried antibodies to SARS and it was theorized this was ground zero. Chinese will eat anything that swims,walks and flys and this is the result. Unfortunately with world travel it doesn't stay well contained. The Black Plague emerged from China to kill half of Europe. The next plague will probably come from the same region and, hopefully, won't kill half the world.

Miffed:-)

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 05:08 | 3402329 Parrotile
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Maybe covert biowarfare?

"If we can't crush you economically, we'll crush you via our latest "Made in China" influenza variant!"

(Now, where's our Tamiflu stockpile??)

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 11:01 | 3403283 Miffed Microbio...
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Haha! It'll be the little coronovirus that could! Aint it great living in these times! Cheers to your health.;-)

Miffed;-)

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 14:09 | 3400304 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Quarantine is the word of the day on Sesame Street due to Big Bird contracting the bird flu after eating some chinese made bird seed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl0jBE18IGA

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 14:11 | 3400317 Joebloinvestor
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After dumping all their infected shit in the rivers and streams, they are worried about an outbreak?

Hey China, get a clue and make some room for more public executions as that is the only way you're gonna get a handle on this shit.

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 21:49 | 3401670 strangewalk
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Most people don't know that the Black Death that ravaged middle Europe actually orginated in China where it claimed about 50% of the population there in the three years between 1347 and 1350. It's now thought by most that the Plague's entry point into Europe was the result of a Mongol-Chinese army laying seige to a Crimean city on the Black Sea. When the plague began seriously diminishing the Mongol ranks they built catapults and hurled the still warm bodies of dead victims over the walls. When the resulting epidemic started in the city, the panicked residents fled to ports in Italy and other parts of Europe marking the first known instance of intentional biological warfare used as a weapon of mass destruction. But in fact, many scientists say there are strong reasons to believe that every single flu strain of world history can actually be traced to China, including the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920 that possibly killed one hundred million people worldwide. However, the Spanish Flu had a mortality rate under 20%, while the Avian Flu has killed over 70% of its victims.     

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