- "No unit or person is allowed to dissect poultry
or wild animals that have died from disease, or to collect or transport
samples without the approval of animal health authorities at the provincial
level or above. No unit or person is allowed to collect samples and microbes
and ship them overseas without the agriculture ministry's permission."
- The above directive issued in China appears to be restricting
information on the current H5N1 bird flu outbreak at all levels. The latest
outbreak began with a report on 180 dead bar headed geese in Qinghai Lake
Nature Reserve. All reserves in China were closed when China announced
that 519 birds had died and were positive for H5N1. A follow-up news conference
indicated over 1000 birds had died, which was unprecedented for H5N1, which
usually is not lethal in ducks or geese. Reports by nine students through
Abundant News at boxun.com indicated that over 8000 birds had died. Reports
indicated that 6 tourists and 121 residents in the area also died. The
government denied that there were human cases and reports indicated that
at least 8 of the 9 students had been arrested.
- These reports were followed by reports of another outbreak
near Tacheng City in Xinjiang province. Geese on a backyard farm began
to die an they too were H5N1 positive. All of the poultry in the area
was culled and the outbreak was said to be contained.
- However, reliable source indicated that a pneumonia cluster
had developed at Tacheng Hospital. Both patients and health care workers
had been placed in isolation. These reports fueled speculation that there
were significant number so of human H5N1 infections and deaths in Qinghai
and Xinjiang provinces.
- Now China has announced limits on movement of samples
out of China, which is another indication that speculation about widespread
efficiently transmitted human infections were being covered up by the government
and the dead and infected patients signaled the beginning of phase 6 of
the 2005 flu pandemic.
- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
- Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message
board at: http://www.clickitnews.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php?
- Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa
- Go with God and in Good Health