‘H7N9 Bird Flu’ Top Trending Topic on Chinese Microblogs

Chinese H7N9 Avian Influenza graphic.

Chinese H7N9 Avian Influenza graphic.

H7N9 Avian Influenza” been a top trending topic on China’s popular microblogging platform Sina Weibo. Below are three of the top most reshared and commented microblog posts published over the past few days…

On Sina Weibo:

@头条新闻: H7N9 Avian Flu Prevention General Knowledge: 1. Illness symptoms are typical of viral pneumonia, with rapid onset, with early stages being high fever (38 degrees or above), coughing and other respiratory tract infection symptoms. 5-7 days after onset of the illness, breathing becomes difficult. 2. Thoroughly cook chicken meat and do not eat half-cooked chicken eggs. 3. Guangdong’s Center for Disease Control has said oseltamivir can be used for early stage treatment. 4. Avoid contact with live poultry and pigs, etc. 5. The virus can be destroyed after 1 minute in 100℃ temperatures. (Compiled according to public information)

[Note: This microblog included this Chinese infographic on N7N9.]

@刘俊1984: After listening to the Shanghai H7N9 press conference, I have a few pieces of advice: 1. If you can help it, avoid eating pork and chicken. 2. Avoid eating out as much as possible, because the source of the poultry is uncertain. 3. If you come down with the flu, don’t go to the hospital in a panic, first observe for some time, as a hospital’s environment is sealed, and there’s a possibility of overlapping infection. 4. Do more exercise and eat more fruits and vegetables, to strengthen your immune system. 5. Be vigilant, paying attention at all times to information from Chinese authorities, Hong Kong media, and the World Health Organization.

@陈坤: From this point on, everyone must eat fully-cooked food, eggs too cannot be eaten too soft ❌, the H7N9 virus cannot survive being heated at 65℃ 🔥 for 30 minutes and at 100℃ 🔥 for two minutes. You must not allow yourself to get sick 😷💊💉, be sure to stay warm ☀💪, don’t hang around places with poultry 🐔🐷🐮, and for now don’t eat any poultry products. Remember to also diligently wash your hands 🙌, and not give the virus the chance to enter your body 💀. Everyone take care of your health!

Chinese cartoon of tortoise and hare racing home.
“First to reach home wins.”
“Okay, let’s race!”

Comments on Sina Weibo:




The most important is: Can it be transmitted through the air???


Actively buy Chinese pharmaceutical/biotechnology stock, they’re going to go up today.


Can the Huangpu River be boiled once?


And my dad’s been making non-fully cooked eggs for me to eat these past few days! [泪]


Can we interpret this as God punishing us for ruining the environment?


Why did we wait until there’s almost an epidemic before publicly disseminating prevention knowledge?


May everyone be safe and sound! At the same time, request that the health department heads of various places who concealed reports or under-reported all resign! Those health department heads should come out and apologize! Was what happened 10 years ago not big enough?


What is oseltamivir? Going to buy a box, go home, and use it as a blanket.


I don’t even dare to go outdoors anymore.

Chinese wet market with dead pigs and chickens.


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Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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