Harbinger of bird flu pandemic
The Washington Post reports that a mystery illness has killed nine farmers and sickened others in Sichuan, China. These deaths may be linked to the deadly strain of influenza that has killed nearly 60 people in Southeast Asia.
Disturbingly, the Chinese authorities may not be cooperating fully with global public health authorities.
U.N. officials and independent researchers have complained that the Chinese government has not fully responded to urgent requests by the World Health Organization and other international health groups for information about the three outbreaks, including samples of the virus found, analyses of its genetic makeup and details about the extent of the infection and efforts to contain it.
It's not like global public health authorities are being models of proactivity, either.
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