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NEWS: Media Banned From Covering Outbreak in China.

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posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 03:54 PM
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Chinese government has banned journalists from visiting areas that have suffered from streptococcus suis the swine-borne disease. So far the disease has killed 34 people and infected at least 123.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about China's reluctance to release information, and fear further spread of this new disease.
 



www.earthtimes.org
Even as deaths due to streptococcus suis show no signs of abating in China, Chinese government has banned journalists from making visits to areas that have suffered the most due to the swine-borne disease. So far, the disease has killed 34 and infected 174. While infection in 123 of the 174 has been confirmed, 51 are suspect cases.

The mystery disease, which originated in Sichuan province in south China, has now spread to 155 villages in Sichuan and in some areas of Guangdong. Hong Kong has expressed fears that the disease might spread to its areas because of its proximity to Guangdong.

Du Qinglin, the agriculture minister of China, has asked health bodies of regions that share borders with areas that are suffering outbreaks to have contingency plans ready.
On Thursday, China’s health minister Gao Qiang said the situation was ‘under control’.


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This sounds like SARS all over again.
China was very reluctant to give out information back then also. It is scary how the government disregards its citizens health. Seeing how the media gets banned with health issues, and how the Chinese government promotes smoking for profit, it almost feels like China is trying to reduce it's population. It is a very scary time to be living in China.

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[edit on 31/7/2005 by Umbrax]

[edit on 1-8-2005 by John bull 1]

[edit on 1-8-2005 by John bull 1]




posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 04:09 PM
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Not surprising given the govenrment of China's previously poor reaction to SARS and other outbreaks. They seem on waiting untill they infect the world then "ooops" They jailed the doctor that blew the whistle SARS, but I suppose he is luck he is still alive.



posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 05:11 PM
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Is it just the journalists that are barred from these villages, or is it everybody that doesn't have clearence? They could just be trying to to spread it if they're keeping everyone out.

On the more evil side though, it could be population reduction or biological weapon tests for future wars.

Either way though, it isn't good that its happening.



posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 05:27 PM
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So far I can't find anything suggesting a quarantine. This looks like it is directed only to journalists

www.macleans.ca...
Sichuan authorities have ordered local journalists to stay away from locations where the disease has surfaced, and told newspapers to carry stories as issued by the official Xinhua news agency, including the headline, Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News reported.


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The Xinhua news agency is the official press agency of the government. So in other words, the government will tell you what is going on.

So much for objective journalism.



posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 06:24 PM
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I dont want to sound stupid...but if these pigs also carry H5N1 can they cross? Is this swine disease bacterial or viral?

Has this incident created a superbug of some kind. According to reports i have read so far and i will read more today, the swine disease suspected in these cases has not been so fatal or easy fro humans to catch before.



posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 06:41 PM
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Streptococcus suis is a bacterial infection in swine.
H5N1 or Avian influenza (bird flu) is is a disease of birds caused by influenza viruses.

streptococcus suis so far the disease has killed 34 people and infected at least 123.



posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 11:21 PM
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This just in,

"China insists pig-borne disease under control"

According to Xinhua, of course.


www.alertnet.org...

"Thanks to the prompt reporting of the disease and experience gained by doctors, increasingly few people are dying from the disease," the China Daily quoted the ministry as saying.

An online report by the official Xinhua news agency quoted a health official in Ziyang city, where the outbreak was first reported in June, as saying the rates of new infections and deaths had dropped and that the outbreak was under control.

About 50,000 health workers and officials are now working in afected areas to inspect and register every pig. Authorities have set up 39 temporary roadside quarantine stations to stop dead pigs from reaching markets.

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How can the world believe in this or not?
There is no objective reporting here. Only the reporting of the government's Xinhua news agency.

Watch out for streptococcus suis to spread to Hong Kong.




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posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 11:26 PM
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Media is also banned in most cases from covering what Chinese officials have totaled to be 50,000 food, labor, political riots each year. So what's new?



posted on Aug, 1 2005 @ 05:26 AM
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Anyone know the original source of the news?

It was quoted from an anoynomous hong kong newspaper but i can't find the hong kong newspaper.



posted on Aug, 1 2005 @ 07:52 AM
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Also see this thread. Good info here as well.

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Aug, 1 2005 @ 10:01 AM
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Originally posted by rapier28

quoted from an anoynomous hong kong newspaper


Where did you see that?

[edit on 1/8/2005 by Umbrax]



posted on Aug, 1 2005 @ 10:03 AM
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Originally posted by Umbrax

Originally posted by rapier28quoted from an anoynomous hong kong newspaper


Where did you see that?


www.latimes.com...



Sichuan authorities have ordered local journalists to stay away from locations where the disease has surfaced, and told newspapers to carry only stories as issued by the official New China News Agency, a Hong Kong paper reported.


[edit on 1-8-2005 by rapier28]



posted on Aug, 1 2005 @ 10:39 AM
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That LA times article is minimal. I can't believe they pass that as a news article.

The AP article says,

Chinese authorities have banned local reporters from visiting areas where an outbreak of a pig-borne disease has killed 34 farmers, ordering newspapers to use dispatches from the state news agency, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Sunday...
Sichuan authorities have ordered local journalists to stay away from locations where the disease surfaced, and told newspapers to instead carry stories as issued by the official Xinhua News Agency, including the headline, Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News reported...
Beijing was heavily criticized during its SARS outbreak for its reluctance to release information. A Sichuan journalist, quoted by the Ming Pao newspaper, said Hong Kong reporters were better informed than they were about the pig disease.


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Here is a link to www.mingpaonews.com..., but I can't read it.



posted on Aug, 1 2005 @ 10:56 AM
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Thanks, Umbrax.

Ming Pao is a credible source as far as i know.




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