採訪/唐音 編輯/黃億美 後製/孫寧
China cuts back on reports of new strain of Avian Flu !
H10N8 if thought to be transmitted person to person.
ANCHOR: Reports of outbreaks of avian flu are being arising in China!
The new bird flu virus H10N8 has become fatal.
After the first death case reported in China late last year,
another case of infection was reported at
the end of the January.
Local poultry markets complained about outbreak reports’ ,
which have led to economic losses of more
than tens of billions of yuan.
There are provincial officials now, starting to handle
outbreaks in low-key and no longer voluntarily issue
based case reports.
Being members of WHO (World Health Organization),
China is obliged to report new infections.
Text: In early December of last year, the first human case of
H10N8 happened in China.
A 73-year-old woman from Nanchang city was infected with
H10N8 at a live poultry market, she later
died of respiratory failure.
At the end of January, one more person from Nanchang
city was found to be infected with the new strain.
Officials declined to reveal the details.
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reported, scientists have found
a mutation has occurred, allowing the the new
H10N8 strain to adapt to the lungs.
It managed to kill the patient in nine days
due to multiple organ failure.
Experts are worried about the person-to-person transmission
due to genetic adaptation and the spread of the strain.
Also,three cases of H7N9 were recently identified in Guangdong.
Included are father and daughter from the same family.
The father ran a barbecue restaurant, the possibility of person-to-
person infection is not excluded.
A 5-year-old boy from Guangxi was also confirmed of having the
illness, he is the son of a patient who was previously
identified to have contracted the same illness.
It is people’s right to get timely information of outbreaks.
However, many poultry associations in China have issued
open letters, demanding the government to stop news
releases of avian flu outbreaks.
Their excuse is that, due to the authorities defining the H7N9 virus
as the avian flu virus,
has caused disastrous damage to the poultry
industry, with losses of over tens of billions in yuan.
Since the New Year, the loss has been as high as 20 billion yuan.
Correspondently, the Guangdong authorities no longer
voluntarily released alerts of avian flu outbreaks
in the past few days.
NTD Reporter: “The authorities have cut down on the reports
of the avian flu outbreak.
“Instead of releasing news on a daily basis, it’s cut down to just
once a month. Do you think this helps to relieve the panic?
What is your thought?"
Huang Jinqiu, a Hangzhou, Zhejiang resident: “The responsible
attitude should be a daily report or immediate report on new
cases, to be effective as of today.
“What they are doingis their way to reduce
the concern and panic."
Zhejiang province has issued 13 new cases of H7N9 this week.
In this year, there have been a total of 69 reported
cases in Zhejiang alone.
Hangzhou city is understood to be undergoing the most
serious of the epidemic.
The hospitals have received many patients with the illness.
Patients are lined up in the fever clinics.
During an interview with one doctor ;
Reporter: “I would like to know how many avian flu patients
the fever department has received this year."
Fever doctor on call, The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang
University: “Certainly a few dozen, for sure."
Reporter: “How many have died?"
Doctor: “It’s not clear to me. There will be notice every day,
but not to everyone."
Last October, the Communist health department downgraded
H7N9 from Class A to Class B infectious diseases.
However, according to the WHO, new cases need to be reported.
Hu Longsheng, a doctor at Longhai First Hospital of Fujian
Province: “We have an infectious disease monitoring &
reporting system to report outbreaks on-line."
Reporter: “Is the report to the superiors or to the general public?" Hu Longsheng: “The Government will issue collective reports
to the public, not from the hospital."
Data shows, even though the regime closed live poultry markets
with confirmed cases in the hopes of preventing
further infections from spreading,
compared to last year, H7N9 outbreaks have continued and
rapidly increased. The Chinese people are reminded
of taking precautions.
Interview/TangYin Edit/HuangYimei Post-Production/SunNing