The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Bird flu cases found in second Chinese city (Hangzhou)” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134655659321361.html).
According to Yan Zhicheng, “a retired factory manager who, like many elderly people, makes a daily trip to market”, “”People are WORRIED” obviously. “Shanghai people eat a lot of duck and chicken. Now we can’t touch them“. Yan seems to be EXASPERATED and SAD.
According to Wang Yukai of the Chinese Academy of Governance, “The government’s response … is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (?) from 10 years ago (2013), when information disclosure systems were not established“. REALLY? Internet censorship in China, more specifically THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, is still SEVERE (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_websites_blocked_in_the_People’s_Republic_of_China).
“But some of China’s OUTSPOKEN Internet users REMAINED SKEPTICAL of government assurances”. And there are A LOT OF “outspoken Internet users” in China.
According to Huang Kekedou, “GET OUT OF HERE. If it is NOT infectious, then what are you doing SHUTTING live poultry markets?” This is a VERY LEGITIMATE point. Huang is the latest ANGRY, or more accurately, LIVID/FURIOUS person.
Finally, “The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday (April 5, 2013) warned of the POTENTIAL risk SHOULD the virus mutate“. “This is a ‘novel‘ (non-human) virus and therefore HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE A PANDEMIC IF it were to change to become easily and sustainably spread from person-to-person…”, “adding that HAS NOT happened” YET. Even so, this is EXTREMELY UNSETTLING.
The news about H7N9 just seems to be getting WORSE on a daily basis.