After yesterday’s confident announcement on China’s ability to contain bird flu, Shanghaiist winced as we thought we heard rumbling overhead, and then we went straight to various sources searching for news of more bird flu outbreaks. The last time China
tempted the gods made an announcement like this in November, Shanghaiist seems to recall the beginning of a rash of new outbreaks throughout the country. Just a day after yesterday’s big announcement, China has reported its first new outbreak of bird flu in two weeks in Suichuan county in Jiangxi province. Along with this outbreak comes news of China’s sixth reported human case of bird flu.
While yesterday’s announcement has been proven premature, it was not just an irresponsible claim of victory, as China did still warn that heavy domestic travel volumes over the late-January/early-February Lunar New Year holiday could cause new outbreaks of bird flu across the country. Unfortunately, bird flu has found a way to resurface long before the country’s Golden Week.
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