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Has China Learned From SARS?

In a new report on the H7N9 flu outbreak, Chinese health officials warned on Wednesday that the death toll is likely to rise. From Karen Kaplan of the Los Angeles Times: In a report on the outbreak that began in China in...

H7N9 Bird Flu Reaches Beijing

Xinhua reported on Saturday that a seven-year-old girl has become China’s 44th confirmed H7N9 sufferer, and the first in Beijing. The child is being treated at the Beijing Ditan Hospital, and is in stable condition, Zhong...

Sensitive Words: Labor Camp, Bird Flu, and More

As of April 10, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). • Masanjia Women’s Labor Re-education Camp (马三家女子劳教所): An investigative report on the camp, which exposes...

Poultry Culls and Vaccine Labs Deployed Against Flu

China’s H7N9 flu outbreak had claimed 6 lives by Saturday, with the number of confirmed cases rising to 16. With the discovery of the virus among live poultry on sale at Shanghai markets, over 20,536 chickens, ducks, geese...

New Flu Cases Rise in Shadow of SARS

The death of a 38-year-old chef in Zhejiang from a new strain of bird flu has brought the number of reported fatalities to three, following news on Sunday of two earlier deaths in Shanghai. Ten H7N9 cases have now been...

Are Floating Pigs Behind Shanghai’s Avian Flu?

At Bloomberg, Adam Minter reports suspicions of a link between newly reported bird flu deaths in Shanghai and the thousands of dead pigs recently found in the city’s water supply: “Wash your hands, and cover your nose and...

Beijing Air Quality “Worse than SARS”

As delegates to the National People’s Congress confront the issue of pollution following Beijing’s winter “airpocolypse,” Yanzhong Huang of the Council on Foreign Relations weighs the health consequences...

Ten Years after SARS: Five Myths to Unravel

Ten years ago, China was dealing with an outbreak of the deadly SARS virus, which originated in Hong Kong and ending up killing 775 people worldwide. During the crisis, the government was widely criticized for its initial news...

Who is Zhang Dejiang?

Amid the tidal wave of coverage surrounding today’s dismissal of embattled Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, Xinhua News provides a brief biography of his successor, Zhang Dejiang: Zhang, born in November 1946, is a native...

Man Arrested For Online SARS Rumors

Chinese state media reported Monday that police in Hebei province arrested a man who spread online rumors of SARS infections in a local hospital. From China Daily: According to the police, the person, surnamed Liu, used the...

Xi’s the One, but Hu’s Replacing Wen?

At Foreign Policy, Damien Ma considers a possible upset to Li Keqiang’s succession to the position of Premier next year, as a rival candidate emerges. That contender is Vice Premier Wang Qishan, a face most familiar to...

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