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Swine flu in China: no problem

Since the way Chinese public health officials traditionally save face is by covering their ass, when I hear things like this I don’t automatically believe it:

The Chinese like chicken. The biggest restaurant chain in China is Kentucky Fried Chicken (2300 in 500 cities). The source of supply is always close. China raises more poultry than any nation on earth. But that poultry also has outbreaks of bird flu, and there have been eight human cases in the last month. Any…

China syndrome?

Readers want to know what I think about the bird flu situation in China, where four human cases have been reported in the last couple of weeks. I haven’t said anything about it so far, which is normal for me. I usually like to wait for more information. There are dedicated and smart flu bloggers…

The Chinese food adulteration scandal is spreading. I’m calling it a food adulteration scandal because it’s not just milk any more. Products with milk derived ingredients are also suspect:

No bigger bird flu problem in China?

When WHO tells us that there is no bigger bird flu problem in China I guess it’s all relative. Like the old joke where one old man asks the other how he feels, the answer is “compared to what”?

Was bird flu better in 2007 versus 2006?

In 2006 there were 115 confirmed cases (WHO case count) of H5N1 in humans with 79 deaths. In 2007 the figures are 86 cases and 59 deaths. Some have taken this as evidence H5N1 is less of a problem (latest data here). That’s not how I read it, however. Seasonal flu numbers bounce around from…

WHO [World Health Organization] is now saying that human to human (H2H) transmission has not been ruled out in China or Pakistan: China:

WHO’s pep talk and fighting bird flu

With everyone on tenterhooks over the confusing outbreak of human bird flu cases in Pakistan and the first reported case in Burma (aka Myanmar), WHO is taking the opportunity to give its member nations a pep talk about swift reporting. Since there is evidence the reporting might not have been so terribly swift in that…

As noted yesterday, it’s flu season. That includes bird flu. So we are seeing cases pop up. Yet another in Indonesia and the father-son cases in China. Then reports out of Pakistan of the first human cases on the Indian sub-continent. Those case are as yet unconfirmed. Now WHO is confirming cases in Burma (aka…

China, Pakistan and what’s expected

China tries to close the door on a possible H2H while Pakistan opens the door to human bird flu cases on the Indian sub-continent. First China. Two recent cases, a fatal case of a 24 year old male followed after a period of some days by the infection of his father raised the issue whether…