Blogging in the Time of Cholera

An outbreak of cholera on Hainan Island has resulted in over 50 confirmed cholera cases.  East, South, West, North has translated the blog of a female student at Hainan University.  She writes about her experience under cholera quarantine:

In class today, Yuanyuan said that Jiajia felt sick and has gone to the hospital.  At noon, Jiajia came back.  She was feeling good enough and she told us that the hospital is filled with Hainan Univresity students with diarrhea.  There were many people there waiting to see the doctors.  The doctors were so busy that they had to arrange for queues.

Everybody laughed but then we realized that this is serious.  I began to wonder whether I have cholera too.  I went on the Internet and looked up all sorts of materials about cholera.  Then I fell asleep.  By around 5pm, I was awaken by several phone calls to say that I had to go down to the school office and get some medicine.

Then a series of events made me dizzy: the school was put under a quarantine; the three entrances were manned by police.  Two persons from the School of Tourism were confirmed to have cholera.  Many others people were placed under isolation.  Jiajia was taken away!

Oh, … cholera is really here alas!

November 8, 2008 2:09 PM
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