posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 11:48 PM
It is very, very possible that the situation may be worse than it appears by the numbers currently being presented. The Chinese themselves admit that
until a new strain of virus is identified as such, there may have been numerous infections or deaths prior to the new contagion being noted and then
I was living in China, not far from the Hong Kong border during the SARS epidemic, and I have to say that, certainly, there was covert medical
monitoring at the port as well as health questionnaires relative to cough and fever, implemented well before the news of SARS went mainstream.
Presumably this was an attempt to blame any infections on people entering the country rather than from within the country itself. This is
Even one of my Chinese colleagues mentioned that in the small city where I was located, that there had been nearly 1800 deaths, attributable to SARS,
however, I am willing to admit that there may have been miscommunication between us, relative to that number, given that the total number of deaths
worldwide, apparently, was around 500.
I am also reminded that a couple of months earlier, Hong Kong TV had run a couple of news stories about the unusual deaths of quite a few swans, I
think, was the bird species. It was not until quite some time later that the SARS outbreak was linked to civet cats. So I am a little suspicious
that thousands of dead pigs appearing in the river near Shanghai (the current hotbed of avian flu) may well be linked to this new disease, even though
it has been labelled a bird flu. Bird flu crossing with a swine flu? Who knows what sort of crossing between species is happening.
The good news, I believe, is that there is a new co-operation between China and the WHO since those worrying days. While no-one likes to think of
their country as the breeder of new and lethal diseases, I think the Chinese are pragmatic enough to accept their obligations to the international
community, and also accept any aid in the development of a vaccine that will benefit their population.