Reading Between the Lines on Bird Flu in China

Two days ago, China’s Propaganda Department – through its agency, Xinhua – published the following article about bird flu, which we cite in relevant parts:

Zhong, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, is one of the scientists who helped control the spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, in China in 2003.

His warning comes after eight human cases of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza have been reported across the country since January.

Zhong said he had noticed that more than half of those infected had no direct contact with birds and nor did they live in the areas where infected fowl with symptoms were reported.

The way Catherine and I interpret this typical CCP swill of lies  mixed with half-truths, is as follows:

  1. At this time, a human-to-human epidemic of bird-flu has begun in China.
  2. The CCP is covering its ass, to give itself “plausible deniablity” about knowing about the bird flu epidemic, because now they know it’s just a matter of time before the rest of the world finds out, just like what happened in the SARS epidemic.
  3. Pursuant to the above, the CCP is already taking measures to displace the blame for the bird flu epidemic upon “ignorant peasants” and “corrupt local officials”, just like they did during the SARS epidemic.

Meanwhile, Catherine and I urge all of our friends in China, now to begin to take the most SERIOUS measures to protect themselves against the bird flu epidemic which, according to our reasoning based on all available evidence, has begun to mutate into “human-to-human” transmissible form in mainland China.

But meanwhile, we advise all of our readers to remember how China treated the SARS epidemic, covering it up and lying about it until long after it had killed many people and threatened the entire world.    Meanwhile, the CCP will continue to pretend that all is well, as they always do until after it’s too late.

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4 Responses to Reading Between the Lines on Bird Flu in China

  1. C.A. Yeung says:

    Michael Standaet posted an alarming photo of a pile of dead chicken waiting for burial at Chongqing. There were more than 12,000 chickens, all died “mysteriously” within a few days. Michael asked, “You have to wonder how long it takes to get these tests done and if there are other mass chicken deaths like this happening elsewhere in China that we don’t know about yet.”

    I am not as optimistic as he is. I’m not sure if anyone would bother doing any test to find out about the cause of death. I’m afraid that the chickens will just be buried and forgotten. It’s a matter of out of sight and out of mind. I’ve been searching for more news about these Chongqing chickens since 2 days ago. But I haven’t been able to find any news yet.

    Michael also quoted a Xinhua report, which said that more than 1,000 chickens died in Nepal within a week. We all know about bird flu related death in Vietnam. Russia has also reported bird flu in its southern region.

  2. justrecently says:

    Is China a federation? With how many centers of excellence?

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  4. MyLaowai says:

    I was here during SARS, out in the West of China, and I well remember how it was reported.

    First, there was the rumour. Then there was the nationwide media campaign to blame the rumour on ‘foreign drug companies who want to sell more medicine’, followed by denials at every level. Anyone wearing a mask was subject to arrest. Several months passed, then people all over the world started getting sick. Throughout most of China, foreigners were blamed for bringing this disease to China, and were harassed in public at military roadblocks, just to make it clear that the Party was acting in the best interests of The People (I know, it happened to me many times). Shanghai apparently suffered not a single case, but I know from two independent sources (one a doctor, the other a police officer) that there were over a hundred deaths and many, many cases of sickness.

    Let’s not get into the whole swine flu thing that followed…

    So, no bird flu, huh? If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you…

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