China's Bird Flu Jumps The Border As First Case Confirmed In Taiwan

Tyler Durden's picture

While precious little space has been dedicated in the US media to what remains an uncontained epidemic of the H7N9 bird flu in China, cases continue to spread even as the number of deaths mount, taking at least 22 reported lives at last check. Things just got from bad to worse, as the bird flu is now following in the footsteps of the 2003 SARS breakout, with the first reported case outside of China hitting newswires overnight.

The SCMP reports that "Taiwan on Wednesday reported the first case of the H7N9 bird flu outside of mainland China. The case involves a 53-year-old man, who had been working in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou. He showed flu symptoms three days after returning to Taiwan via Shanghai, the Centres for Disease Control said, adding that he had been hospitalised since April 16 and was in a critical condition." Considering the lack of transparency of the Chinese government one can only guess, literally, at what the true morbidity and mortality statistics of the flu epidemic are, which is perhaps the main reason this ongoing story for the past two months has so far evaded major coverage. However, as more and more cases are reported outside of China, the world will have no choice but to start paying attention, especially with the WHO announced that "This is one of the most lethal influenza viruses we have seen so far."

From NBC:

A new type of bird flu that has killed 22 people in China since March is one of the most deadly strains of influenza known, international health experts said on Wednesday.


"This is one of the most lethal influenza viruses we have seen so far," said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security. "We are at the beginning of our understanding of this virus."


The H7N9 strain appears to spread more easily to humans than SARS, another type of bird flu that started killing people in Asia a decade ago, experts said.


"This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans," added Fukuda, who was speaking in Beijing alongside leading flu experts from around the world. 


The group of experts made an impressive display of international cooperation, but at the same time admitted just how little is known about the virus that has infected 108 people since March.


"We are at the very early stages of this investigation," said Dr. Nancy Cox, who heads Influenza Division at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "There's a lot to be learned.”


He said a few family clusters have been found, which could be the result of exposure to the same source of virus, or limited person-to-person transmission.


But he said: "'Evidence so far is not sufficient to conclude there is person-to-person transmission. Moreover, no sustained person-to-person transmission has been found.”


The experts concluded that live poultry markets were the most likely source of infection.


The experts praised the swift action of Chinese authorities in closing live poultry markets, and said it was "encouraging" that there have been no new cases in Shanghai since its markets were shuttered.


And they called for continued international cooperation against a virus that doesn't recognize borders.


"The risks of an outbreak situation are shared in a globalized world, where we are all interconnected," said Fukuda.

Taiwan, already paranoid about China's microbial exports, would beg to differ.

The latest interactive H7N9 tracking map is presented below:


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TeamDepends's picture

They're coming to take us away ha ha ho ho hee hee

GHOULISH DISCOVERY!  Fema prison found???  Mass Grave Preparations...        on youtube.  Sorry, still working on link.

TwoShortPlanks's picture

Go Chinese, Japan.

Never One Roach's picture

This problem is nothing to Sneeze at.

i-dog's picture

Good grief! ... This is serious! ... 22 deaths in 22 days! ... Alert the Media!!!!!

One should prefer to catch bird flu rather than seasonal flu - which causes an average of about 250 deaths PER DAY, each and every year, in China alone!

espirit's picture


Thanks for the link, something to keep another eye on.

francis_sawyer's picture

All that radiation in the Pacific oughta kill it before it ever hits California... So the MSM needs to grab ahold of that angle and assure all the soccer moms that their kids are SAFE, & tomorrow they can go on text messaging as usual...

Zer0head's picture


you fail to understand it's not the numbers (for now) it's the trend and in this case the trend is not your friend

New England Patriot's picture

The mortality statistics for this bug are concerning. Hopefully this doesn't become communicable between people. 


Soderbergh predictive programming.

RougeUnderwriter's picture

Season flu death rate isn't any where near this bombshell. If this goes airborn, Walmart and consumer electronics / hi tech will start to eventually see supply chain interuptions. I go to work when I get the flu (sometimes if I'm not crapping or barfing)

RougeUnderwriter's picture

CDC and who seem concerned also

TeamDepends's picture

Is there a fully operational death camp on the AZ/Mexico border?  Someone please help with the link.  Steve Quayle has it up.


SmallerGovNow2's picture

That is a map, diagram, rendering.  it is not a real google earth shot. 

TeamDepends's picture

And you are?  Why would anyone put Google earth at the bottom of a "map"?  Those trees are green and casting shadows, on a diagram?  There are different colored cars parked imperfectly and FEMA busses patrolling the perimeter on a "rendering"?  Apparently, this facility is not listed as an AZ prison.  Ayers said the camps would be in the Southwest!!!!  Calling all ZH sleuths, help us get to the bottom of this!

Ellis's picture

It's your run-of-the-mill prison.  The Arizona Department of Corrections even provides driving directions, should you wish to visit.

People need to fact check before attempting to stir up the masses.

Betty Swallsack's picture

You're referencing Steve Quayle?  -1 for you.

TeamDepends's picture

Right back atcha!  Does his site frighten you?

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

This frightens me:


The angel came to me and stuck his staff into my spirit and just stood there for a while.

Steve dreams about receiving an angel's hard staff


I donT want no angel to shove his staff into me!


AurorusBorealus's picture

This is the best site on the web to follow these very important developments.  Thank you for posting the link.  I put the same link here some months ago, and for 2 years have mentioned on this forum that the real black swan is an outbreak of epidemic disease.  Again, I reiterate that the book to read is William McNeal, Plagues and Peoples.  Humanity has been granted a respite from deadly contagious disease for 2 centuries.  The result has been a population explosion.  Every time this has occurred in history, deadly contagious disease follows...  Thank you ZH for following this story, and I hope that my contribution has alerted you to this impending development, but in reality, it makes no difference how you came to realize the importance of this.

espirit's picture

I take it you didn't get your transdermal microneedle patch in the mail last week for the latest H7N9?

Jena's picture

I haven't read McNeal's Plagues and People but did just look it up.  It sounds very interesting.  You might look into Laurie Garrett's The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases In a World Out of Balance. 

Edit: This is an article Laurie Garrett wrote in Foreign Policy about how China is handling the H7N9 outbreak:

AlaricBalth's picture

Casey Schuler: I hate this bug.
Sam Daniels: Come on, Casey. You have to love its simplicity. It's one-billionth our size and it's beating us.
Casey Schuler: So, what do you wanna do — take it to dinner?


Race Car Driver's picture

You know they only make those movies so the idiots have a point of reference to quote when TPTB cue the script ... right?

Almost Solvent's picture

Who cares? Most are too busy watching the Real Housewives of SomeCity or the latest on Beiber's monkey.

Plus, say what you will about joos and hollywood, but Dustin Hoffman is fun on screen, 'specially in Wag the Dog.


krispkritter's picture

This bird has flown the coop!


Wonder what happens if it makes it to LAX? (anyone here read Deep Winter?)

Edward Fiatski's picture

"The Worse, the Better, comrades."

Ilyich Lenin

FubarNation's picture

The super Flu Shitstorm clouds are gathering Randy.

Disenchanted's picture

Chickens coming home to roost?

Sudden Debt's picture

In Africa... aids was transfered to humans because they did some nasty shit with those monkey's....

In China... bird flu was transfered to humans because THEY DID SOME NASTY SHIT WITH THOSE BIRDS! I'M PRETTY SURE OF IT!

Nasty little bastards those chinese....

Peter Pan's picture

And in the USA insolvency was transferred to millions of households because THEY DID SOME NASTY SHIT WITH THOSE LOANS. I'M PRETTY SURE OF IT.

forwardho's picture

Monkey rapers.

Chicken rapers.

Chicken rapers sittin right there on the group W bench.

Peter Pan's picture

Sometimes you wish a flu like this could hit Wall Street and rid the world of half the vermin on the planet.

Then again they will probably announce the presence of some form of bird flu in the USA on the day they want to impose martial law.

Crowds can be easier to control when the threat is of a bird flu nature.

forwardho's picture

Be careful what you wish for.

If their track record is followed, the virus will turned into some sort of flu derivative, multiplied by a factor of x100 and SOLD around the world.

falak pema's picture

bird flu is the curtain raiser to derivative flu in financial markets. 

mrdenis's picture

Bring out the Dead ...Bring out the Dead ...

Bearwagon's picture

And now for something completely different ...

tarsubil's picture

This might kill millions or it may not.

booboo's picture

I am buying Olive Drab military surplus bra's, cutting them in half and selling them as Army issue Bird Flu mask to the plebes. Make a fortune, buy in now while you have the chance.

espirit's picture

Do they come in a Eau de Lesbos scent?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

A clear case of puting the chicken before the egg.


zetsurin's picture

Stock market to surge on this news.

Bearwagon's picture

Sure. What else would this "market" be ought to do?

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

No worries, Bennie can print a vaccine.....

debtor of last resort's picture

Throw those people in the river at the first cough.

philosophers bone's picture

Well, this may at least solve the entitlement problem!!  It may also solve the debt problem too if it kills off all of the creditors!!