Archive for the 'China' Category

Bird flu cases in China

Monday, November 7th, 2005

China cannot rule out bird flu as the cause of death in a 12 year old girl who died recently. Eager to avoid the international irritation for their handling of the 2003 SARS outbreak, Chinese authorities have invited the World Health Organization to investigate the case.
Previously, China had steadfastly insisted that the girl died […]

New Outbreaks in China, Vietnam

Friday, November 4th, 2005

China and Vietnam each confirmed new outbreaks of bird flu within their borders.
China’s latest outbreak, the fourth in the past three weeks, killed almost 9,000 chickens on Oct. 26 in Badaohao, a village in Liaoning Province east of Beijing, the official Xinhua press agency reported Friday, citing the Agriculture Ministry.

In Vietnam, more than 3,000 poultry […]

China allocates $248 million for bird flu fight

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

China has reportedly set aside $248 million for the fight against bird flu.
[Chinese Premier] Wen presided over a special cabinet meeting on Tuesday when it was decided to set aside 2 billion yuan from this year’s fiscal budget to prevent the spread of bird flu, state radio and Xinhua news agency said.
In addition, […]

China trying to reassure rest of world on flu reporting transparency

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Claiming that it had learned the lessons of trying to coverup the SARS outbreak in 2003, China reiterated its promise for reporting transparency of bird flu cases.
“From Sars, we see that no … information can be hidden,” China’s disease control director, Qi Xiaoqiu, said while visiting the United States. “We have policies to encourage farmers […]

World Health Organization pressing China on girl’s death

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Earlier this week, China announced that a girl exposed to chickens that died of bird flu and developed bird-flu like symptoms died from pneumonia. The girl’s brother has also come down with a bird-flu like infection.
The World Health Organization is skeptical.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday it was seeking information on the […]

Chinese girl not dead from bird flu

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

A Chinese girl who died with bird flu symptoms did not have the virus according to officials.
The girl, He Yin, from Xiangtan County near the provincial capital of Changsha, fell ill and died after eating a chicken that died from an unspecified illness.
Her 10-year-old brother was also sick, but Hong Kong’s Cable TV said he […]

Third outbreak of bird flu in China reported

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Chinese authorities reported a third outbreak of bird flu on Wednesday. 500 chickens and ducks in central China died in an outbreak on Saturday.
Repeated bird flu outbreaks in China over the past two weeks suggest its surveillance system has failed somehow, even though Beijing has carried out an extensive program of vaccinations and disease […]

Confusion over origins of British bird flu case

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Tests have confirmed that a parrot in British import quarantine died of H5N1. What is less certain is how it caught the disease.
The parrot was imported from Suriname, a small country on the coast of South America. However, the bird almost certainly didn’t catch the virus there, as there have been no documented […]

China reports bird flu

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Bird flu has killed 2,600 hundred birds at a poultry farm in northern China.
The birds were killed by the H5N1 strain, which can be fatal to humans, near the regional capital of Hohhot, the report said, citing information from China’s Agriculture Ministry.
Xinhua said the outbreak had been contained, without mentioning any human infections or when […]

Fears that China is hiding information… again

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

China annoyed the international community in 2002 when they refused to inform the world about the seriousness of the SARS outbreak.
Some worry that they are doing it again with bird flu.

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