The Chinese government has its fingers in just about every government press outlet in China; it’s a tightly controlled state and as is widely known, the media is regulated. But thanks to the proliferation of social media platforms like Weibo, it’s hard to maintain total control. Recently the Avian flu has sparked a flurry of interest and speculation among netizens in China. New concerns are springing up about a brand new strain of the Avian influenza – technical name N7N9 – and reportedly six people have died from this flu, with 15 confirmed cases as of this writing. To make matters worse, signs are pointing toward a good chance that this bird flu is transmissible between humans. To China’s credit, the government did take precautions and on April 1 officially announced the existence of H7N9, which expected stirred Weibo netizens. Parallels were quickly drawn between the “sudden” spread of H7N9 and the 16,000 or more pig carcasses discovered buried in Shanghai’s Huangpu River, Shanghai’s source of tap water. Despite testing and evidence supporting China’s denial that the pig deaths had anything to do with the H7N9 outbreak, speculation ran rampant. In fact The Economic Observer reports that a purported administrative director at… Read full this story
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