infectious disease

Translation: Eradicate COVID-19, or Live With It?

The arrival of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in mainland China has led some to reassess the country’s strategy of lockdowns and mass testing. Rather than endlessly cycle through such disruptive, costly measures, why not...

Scientists Warn of Possible H7N9 Rebound

The H7N9 strain of bird flu appeared in China in February, claiming its first casualties in March. So far, there have been 130 recorded infections and 37 deaths. While anxiety over the spread of the virus is easing after recent...

First Known H7N9 Bird Flu Deaths Confirmed

The New York Times reports on the H7N9 virus, a new strain of bird flu that has so far killed two and left another ill: Two men have died here after contracting a strain of avian flu that had not been previously found in humans,...

China boosts funds to fight infectious diseases – Andrew Yeh

From the Financial Times (link) The Chinese Academy of Sciences, a government-backed body employing 40,000 researchers, is to boost investment in research into infectious diseases, stem cells, genomics and biotechnology. The fresh emphasis is a sign of Beijing’s anxiety that a disease such as severe acute respiratory syndrome, bird flu or HIV could spread within […]

AIDS Third-Deadliest Infection in China – Dean Visser

From AP, via the Washington Post: AIDS surpassed hepatitis B to become China’s third-deadliest infectious disease last year, the government said Monday. Tuberculosis was the country’s No. 1 infectious killer in 2005, followed by rabies, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing a Health Ministry report. Hepatitis B followed by tetanus in newborn babies were […]



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