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February 01, 2006

Another Case of Poor Chinese Reporting?

Bird Flu Update is carrying the following story regarding the hospitalization of three Hong Kong residents who ate a chicken that was potentially contaminated by another fowl imported from a neighboring Chinese Province.  The case of the infected bird and now the potential cluster of cases underlines the suspicion of many that the Chinese have been less than transparent when it comes to the true bird flu situation inside their borders.

in Hong Kong hospital amid bird flu fears - health officials

HONG KONG, Feb.01 (AFX): Three people have been admitted to hospital in Hong
Kong after eating chicken believed to have been infected with the H5N1 strain of
bird flu, officials said. The three, including a 79-year-old woman, were placed
in an isolation ward after it was found a chicken they had eaten during a family
feast had nested with an infected bird smuggled in from China, the health
department said.Officials also ordered a cull of poultry flocks after another migratory
bird was found to have died of the killer disease. 'We have placed the three in
an isolation ward as a precautionary measure,' said Thomas Tsang, director of
the government's Centre for Health Protection. 'So far they have not shown any
symptoms of influenza -- no fever -- but we will have the results of preliminary
tests tomorrow,' Tsang added. Source: Forbes

Posted by dymaxion at February 1, 2006 09:58 PM

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