Bird Flu hits China as Year of the Rooster begins
Just as millions of travellers head to China for Lunar New Year celebrations, Bird Flu is spreading in the country.
9 people in China have died of the Bird Flu already in 2017.
Both the US Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have issued warnings.
The CDC advised those heading to China to avoid contact with birds and uncooked food.
Ironically, this is the Year of the Rooster.
The mass movement of people in China during the Lunar New Year is considered to be the largest human migration in such a concentrated time.
Europe has also seen a rise in Bird Flu cases, causing increasing fears among health officials of a possible pandemic – though there are no signs of that yet.
One concern regarding the spread of Bird Flu in China is the secretive nature of the Chinese government. Some fear that word of a pandemic would not be shared quickly enough, given the strict control of information in and out of China.
Hopefully we won’t need to find out whether that is the case.
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