‘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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  • Billy

    Keep safe Chinese people!!

    • La Mano Gaucha


      • billy

        How, how? How do I fucking know! It is a wish! Not a solution! Keep safe Chinese folks!

        • mate i actually i don’t hope so

          • billy

            Some of them are irritating and some of them are sound. The wankers should go and eat as many chicken mcnuggets as they like.

          • mr.wiener

            Can I send you a years supply of prophilactics so you don’t reproduce?
            Actually bugger that, I use to chop the knackers off the calves on the farm when I was a kid, I’ll do you for free.

          • the ace of books

            “I’ll do you for free.”

            Careful now, that might be the first time anyone’s said that to him…

          • mr.wiener

            Old school too, A stanley knife and a vegemite jar full of dettol.

          • the ace of books

            I just googled Dettol. Sweet mother of god those hand-advertisements are horrifying, both in concept and in image.

        • Panda Banana

          you crack me up!

          thats what should be printed on T-Shirts:

          Keep safe chinese people!

          How, how!?

          How do i fucking know!

          Its a wish, not a solution!

      • YourSupremeCommander

        Get the one that’s water proof and fire proof.

    • MrT

      Its US germ warfare in action again, you do know this right?

      • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

        Pretty damned ineffective.

        If they wanted to do real germ warfare, just used the Doomsday virus developed in Australia.

        • MrT

          and put into KFC, that way they can get all the kids in China in one week.

    • Panda Banana

      i just care about my big love eattot aka BuggsBunny, hope she is safe….

      however, “keep safe chinese” is kinda contradicting and funny, someone should print this shit on t-shirts and sell them. There is some money to make…

  • TJDubs

    Quick, someone start a rumor that the epidemic is already out of control, and that the best preventive measure is to drink 2 liters of baijiu every day.

    • The Acidic Hasidic

      1. Buy calls options of Guizhou Maotai
      2. start rumor
      3. ?????
      4. Profit
      5. Death penalty

    • 2 liters of baijiu, wear more clothes, and don’t eat cold food. You will be fine.

      Don’t worry about washing your hands regularly (with soap), or covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, or spreading germs by shitting, pissing and spitting all over the place: these habits have nothing to do with the spread of disease. Why, just go to any hospital, and you can see how seriously they treat these behaviours. .

      • TJDubs

        And don’t mind those huge sores on my lips. It’s just shanghuo and can’t be spread to you by saliva transmission via shared food.

  • Washington Bullets

    I always thought the zombie apocalypse would start in Shanghai, and they don’t even have firearms….

    • Rainer

      No worry a kinda ” zombie apocalypse ” will not happen in Shanghai as long as our super expats are still sticking here. I know they value thier lives more than a visa-run.

      • BiggJ

        Oh you never heard? Foreigners are immune to the chinese chicken flu….or as we call it in the west “General Tso’s chicken flu.” Chinese immune systems tend to be a knock off of a real immune system. It looks like a real immune system, but breaks down very easy. And may contain lead paint. :)

        • carmouflagger


        • Rainer

          You can call it as anything like “General Tso’s chicken flu”, but we all know, except some fuss making bashers, that the first case of bird flu outbroke in Italy in 1878 and Austratlia in 1976,1985,1992, 1995, 1997, UK in 1979 and 1991, America in 1983, Ireland in1983-1984, Germany in 1979. That’s real reason “Foreigners are immune” to it, though you hate to let it be known.
          Actually I always feel amazed about foreigners immune system of digestion, which sure helps them endure the poison Yangtzi water and avoid living on US foodstamps. :)

          • BiggJ

            Why leave out all the asian outbreaks? H5N1? Show me all the bird flu outbreaks in the last 30 years. And human cases. It’s mostly all in asia. And why always bring up america? Do you think all foreigners are american? Then again every asian I see I assume is a chinamen….could be from Japan, Loas, vietman…..I guess we think the same.

          • cb4242

            Hmmm, when I think of poison food, historically, I look at China, but please don’t even try to go there.

  • BiggJ

    I called something like this when I first visited china. The way they handle food and food safety in general……It was just bound to happen….Most of the time is small like food poising or the shits…something of that nature. This kind shit could happen anywhere….but I still put my money on china…or india.

    Im surprised none of the comments blamed this on white people/US/Japan. I know chinese people don’t think they could have done this to them self with all the wonderful food safety measures they have in place. lol

    I know it nice to be the first to do or get something….but china you pick the wrong things to be first at…so here’s your first place prize for being the first human cases of H7N9…..your odds were pretty good. Pretty much 1-6 chance for a chinese to be the first person in the world to get this. Like rolling a dice.

    • Kai

      That’s odd, Chinese netizens complain about domestic food safety all the time. They’re always blaming unscrupulous farmers, food producers, restaurants, street vendors for adulterating food, as well as the regulators who fail to do their job or look the other way. I have never gotten the impression they don’t think they could have done this to themselves… like with melamine in milk, the pigs being dumped in the river, etc.

      • linette lee

        Blame the freaking China inspection department. They don’t regulate nothing. And you hear bribery all the time with these inspectors. What kind of gov’t system that allows bribery in the food and drug inspection department. then why do you need such department anyway if you can easily bribe? Fire all of them.

        • Rick in China

          “What kind of gov’t system that allows bribery in the food and drug inspection department”

          Most of them? There are scandals all over the world where large corps bribe (or you can use other words, like “lobby”) food inspection agencies.

      • Rick in China

        “as well as the regulators” ? I’ve never really seen regulators involved in any process outside of import/export. Example:

        Farmer kills pigs. Farmer guts pigs, loads on the back of his motorcycle. Farmer drives pigs into city, sells to meat market stands. Meat market stands butcher pigs further, hanging various chunks on hooks. People buy meat off hooks. People eat meat.

        This is considered “fresh” meat. Problems are meat off these hooks are often handled by dudes without gloves, with shit all over their hands since they never wash them (or even have wash basins nearby their meat stalls), don’t keep the meat refrigerated or at a temperature that prevents rapid bacterial growth, and the locals seriously think this meat is much better and fresher than say, random large supermarket.

        I have no idea how the larger supermarkets manage their meat from live-animal-to-cooled-packaging, but it can’t be much worse.. I rather take my chances with the meat that’s in a large supermarket. Locals (including my wife) think that’s just worse quality and not as fresh, but I think that spawns from a general lack of education on food safety…or maybe I’m just far too hopeful that large (and foreign?) supermarket chains at least try to keep their meat in large coolers and wear disposable gloves when processing meats. Either way, “food regulators”, not sure where they are supposed to come in on this sort of meat process chain.

        • Kai

          I was speaking about Chinese netizens complaining about food safety in general, not specifically about wet markets or meat processing.

          • Rick in China

            I know – and I agree with that. Just bringing up the thought that I’ve no idea what regulators are doing domestically, nor heard of them doing anything at all..

          • Kai

            Heh, yeah, and I think a lot of Chinese people feel the same way!

  • MrT

    Talking to a girl yesterday, said she got Avian flue. I said you in hospital??? She said no at home resting- “I ate a lot of chicken last week and now have a bad throat and a cold.”
    She keeps asking me why I’m laughing at her.

    • MrT

      Good News today from the UK! the bitch finally rolled over!
      I’m out on the piss tonight! waaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      • opinionator

        good news? best news ever!
        i feel guilty about wishing her demise but at the same time she was one evil bitch and deserved death by a thousand cuts.

        • MonkeyMouth

          today will be be the first day in history that england will fire a 21 gun salute….. into the coffin

        • cb4242

          Thatcher was called was a hero in my book. England would not be half the country it is today if it weren’t for her. I didn’t agree with her on every single issue, but compared to her successors? 11years in power? Unmatched! She understood the problems of socialism and a nanny state. She most definitely brought out a better and stronger middle class than what it was in the 70s and early 80s. May she rest in piece.

          • mr.wiener

            Just don’t expect too many people to thank her for it though, but I guess she probably knew that all along.

            Piece? how many? [sorry couldn’t help it]

          • cb4242

            Sorry, did a typo. Hey, I’m jamming 50 words a min. These things happen occasionally. Lol

          • mr.wiener

            No worries bro, Someone asked me before if I ever get hit in the face by my own seamen lol.

      • fsck

        If you can’t recognise the good Lady Thatcher did for the UK, then thats down to your own ingorance. She was the longest serving peace time Prime Minister for a reason.

        Militant unions holding the country to ranson, Maggie smashed them. Argentina attacks the Falklands, Maggie destroyed their army. She kept Northern Ireland in the UK, didn’t flinch when they blew up her hotel. She had the courage to Stop Printing Money, which is currently debasing all currencies around the world. She secured a rebate for British donations to the EU.

        Yes, many were left jobless – but for the first time in 30 years REAL work was rewarded. The leftist, soft, politically correct, gender-bender obsessed politions were beaten like never before – untill Tony Bliar stepped up. What happened after that??

        If you dont understand, the good she did for the UK – then I can only assume your were raised a leftist in a home run on benefits. Maggie took away mommys money? Daddy #5 left and so now mummy has too many kids to support on her own, if she moves that homeless guy in and gets AIDS she’ll get more benefits again. After all, got to be better than getting a job right? Sit at home, leach the tax payer and blame somebody else for your problems when your mum can’t make enough money sucking dick to buy more crack.

        • MrT

          Really good!
          Exactly word for word what i was expecting !

        • MonkeyMouth

          are you Bill O’Reilly?

          • Zhegezhege

            No, it’s Alan B’stard.

          • mr.wiener

            Loved that show.

        • Chris McKenna

          Great job in destroying the industry of the UK and making us dependent on London banking. What a wonderful legacy! That turned out so well.

          As for peace time PM, did you forget the war with Argentina?

          • Chris McKenna

            Oh and no I wasn’t raised on benefits and both my parents worked. However, I did grow up in a family where having money was not considered the highest achievement a person obtain and where greed and self interest (the qualities she embodied) were not considered to be admirable.

          • Ruaraidh

            To be honest, decades of government subsidies and the mismanagement they allowed destroyed British industry, and the mines were destroyed by the unions.

          • Chris McKenna

            It’s true there were problems with British industry at the time. There was need for reform though, not a need to wipe it out. It was like going to the doctor with an infection on your toe and him deciding to lop of your leg along with on of your arms as well.

          • Ruaraidh

            I totally agree with you on that, only I think the unions were unwilling to accept any reform at all, and they were primarily responsible for the outcome. People often forget that exploitative unions are just as bad as exploitative corporations, two sides of the same coin.

        • MrT

          Did you see in the UK they dancing on the streets and having big parties, class!

  • Chris McKenna

    Last time when there was the H1N1 scare, at my university they wouldn’t let the students leave the campus even for the holidays. Thankfully teachers could still come and go.

    The best part was the heat scanners which were gun like things that were to be held at a distance from the person to take their temperature – a good idea. However no one had taught the guards how to use them and they went from person to person pressing it again their hands – a great way to spread viruses, Also I don’t think they really knew what temperature to look for. I kept getting results of 17 degrees. “Fine no problem, next!”

    • radbab

      no that’s actually alright. Nobody asked them to do it correctly. They’ve just been asked to do it. And being dutiful people they never questioned their boss or asked for instructions and went ahead and did whatever felt right….and as nothing happend and nobody complained they did a fine job, as far as it concerns them and their bosses. this is how it works here :/

  • MonkeyMouth

    ‘sick’ of this bird flu crap. propaganda only. no need to worry

    • BiggJ

      I don’t know man… when china admits to something like this it’s most likely 10x worse then they say it is.

      • MonkeyMouth

        meh….. i still dont think it exists. just a social experiment and behind-the-scenes shenanigans by drug companies,, the WHO, the UN, etc….

        • BiggJ

          The WHO??!!!? “We won’t get fooled again” !! You know that deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball. :)….oh you mean the world health organization…hahaha

          • MonkeyMouth

            no, you were right the first time. its definately pete townsend, roger daltrey, and ringo starr’s son pulling all the strings in the background. hahaha

          • BiggJ

            Well think about it, they are white….they are foreigners…so by that reasoning they are guilty in chinese eyes. lol

        • mr.wiener

          I dunno why you recon it was the UN, the WHO or the Iluminati. Chinese companies and govt controlled industries are much more sinister.

          • MonkeyMouth

            cuz its showing the the GP its playing ball with the world

        • the ace of books

          I definitely agree. In fact, in my night job, I just wrote a memo to the World Health Organization suggesting a new and particularly virulant sickness they could introduce to third-world countries so that they can collect money from them. Then I telephoned the UN, just to give them the idea too. I’ll have to see which of them picks it up – it’s a good part-time job, coming up with non-existant sicknesses all the time. I got the idea from the Jewish Bankers Little Tips Handbook.

          Now if only I could find a good place to offload all this salmonella… anyone know a good river?

      • Agreed.

  • 5,000 years of uncivilization

    @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.”

    This is what i’ve been saying all along. A lot less caging, killing and eating of animals, the better off everyone will be.

    • Rick in China

      Eat more rye bread – fresh stuff, not that processed crap. Lets have some more witch trials.

      • 5,000 years of uncivilization

        No thanks. My ancesters were victims of such trials but i’ll take the fresh food!

  • MonkeyMouth

    ……NO proof its contagious…..NO proof it is caused from ‘pork&chicken’….. NO proof of the virus jumping from birds to humans. am i wrong? this is just a fucking distraction, like that mad cow thing. mad cow disease was nothing more than hype about nothing proven

    • radbab

      it would be boring here if the locals wouldn’t have some paranoia to keep them busy. tainted milk, fukushima (part I: let’s all buy salt!), re-used hotpot oil, fake eggs, exploding melons, water with dead pigs, the bird flu, japanese plotting against them, fukushima (part 2: we cannot eat any fish because the japs sell the radioactive one to china)…

    • the ace of books

      Yeah, who ever heard of a brain turning into a sponge? It sounds like science fiction, man! That’s jsut too weird to happen in real life!

      You know what I think? I think you’re on the right track, but you should take it a step further. Soap is just a waste of money – nothing on your hands that mother nature didn’t put there in the first place, amirite? (What’re e-collies, anyway, dogs on the internet?) Clothes don’t need soap, either – it’s just more stuff from the companies trying to get you to give them their money. (little animals in my clothes and hair? Blatant lice!)

      • Rick in China

        Um…actually, he IS on the right track, and you are proving yourself to be the direct result of following along with media and the masses in a ridiculous “I know it because I was told it and it must be true” sense of intellectualism. You’re a fuckin idiot. Mad cow, for example, was *completely* bullshit. (no pun intended)

        Do some fucking research. Oh, wait, or watch Penn & Teller BULLSHIT on Safety hysteria — or youtube some clips on mad cow, and do research on their actual sources to verify it is indeed bullshit and not just more nonsense. You’ll come to the conclusion that you’re wrong, and should watch yer soapbox comical replies about shit you clearly no nothing about.

  • I’m from India and I eat only Veg food and feel like a Human Being :o)..Its disgusting and heartbreaking to see grown mature men, putting their hands on dead Animals just for few moment of pleasure in the tongue.

    Westerners and Chinese are both guilty of killing innocent Animals. Just STOP IT and let other species live.

    If even 10% of Chinese start going Vegan…The problem will be solved….Don’t put this on us…Karma is a Bitch :)

    • BiggJ

      Try telling that to lion. So meat eating animals are all evil?

      • Chris McKenna

        So there are some big differences here. First of all, a lion does not keep the animal caged for its whole life and pump it full of chemicals etc to make it fatter.

        Secondly, as far as we know, lions are not aware of the distress they cause to other animals, humans are. That awareness should bring about change in the way we act; it’s not about what we do it’s our intentions behind it.

        • Rick in China

          1) My intention is to fill my belly with fresh meat for as long as meat is available.
          2) Lions don’t keep animals caged because they don’t have opposable thumbs and the higher intellect required to build complex traps, or you can be certain they would.
          3) Humans have hunted for the entire existence of human kind. Raising animals with the purpose of slaughter for food is a convenience. Arguing about what is “kinder” is a moot point, it’s not about kindness, it’s about nature – and we, like many animals, eat meat.
          4) Eating veg is healthy, if you put a SIGNIFICANT amount of time into balancing your vegan diet, and can learn to like the food. If you can do that great – but get off your soap box when you see other people who choose not to.

    • mr.wiener

      Karma is a bitch, but with the right marinade it tastes just like chicken.

    • carmouflagger

      Stop killing innocent plants :(

    • Rick in China

      You realize we can’t just let all the animals go free to roam about by themselves, yes?

      Also, if nobody in the world ate meat, we’d still have to do massive population control and culling, killing animals off due to outbreaks, many other forms of population control for ecological reasons….you realize this, right?

      The animals we eat are almost always grown with the intention of being eaten. They wouldn’t have lived at all had we not grown them for that purpose. I don’t get the whole moral “don’t eat meat” argument.

      • Sean Cauffiel

        You’re totally right, man… domestic animals are genetically wired to be our food. But visiting is a slaughterhouse is a rather harrowing experience.

        • Rick in China

          I’m sure it is.. and a job I wouldn’t like. I also imagine a sewage processing plant isn’t the nicest visit – yet I’m not going to stop taking shits because the processing is disgusting.

          • Sean Cauffiel

            I think the shititarians answer to that would be to dig a hole in the ground every time you gotta take a dump.


    • Dude, my food shits on your food! literally.

      • Sean Cauffiel

        Ron Swanson receiving vegetables at a restaurant: “Why are you giving me food that my food eats?”

    • > Westerners and Chinese are both guilty of killing innocent Animals. Just STOP IT and let other species live.

      Do Lions and Tigers let other species live?

      Do bears, they’re omnivorous too.

      Also, enjoy your cantaloupe, and bean sprouts contaminated with listeria and other things. You’re not immune to pestilence.

  • the ace of books

    Reminds me of a game called “telephone”. You start by whispering a sentence into the person next to you’s ear. That person whispers the phrase, as they heard it, into the ear of hte person next to them. That person then whispers the phrase, as they heard it, into the ear of hte person next to them. On and on, til you get to the end of hte line, and the last person shouts out the completely-incorrect wtfery that they’ve just received.

    Played in real-life, it’s not so funny.

    (Also, this comment is hands-down best:

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

    brb loling irl)

  • Alphy

    In cases like new virus control etc, I would actually take the Chinese government’s word for it. There is every benefit for the government to be deligent in its effort to contain outbreaks. It makes the government appears strong and needed, it contain any economical damage, and no one wants deadily virus running in the air that they can’t control. Since there are not much the government can do to immediately improve all the health conditions in China, the only way they could address these outbreaks are by reactive measures like large scale media broadcast and over the top containment measures like shutting down multiple markets.

    • Kai


      Doubts over transparency about the outbreak continue, even in state media, as the South China Morning Post reports in Questions fly thick and fast over delay in bird flu report. The New York Times quotes a WHO spokesman saying China’s response has been “excellent”:

      Although some critics have asked why it took so long to publicly announce the outbreak of the H7N9 virus, public health experts have so far commended the government for responsiveness and transparency in the five days since officials identified the first victims. “It was the Ministry of Health and Family Planning that first came to us and volunteered the information,” said Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the World HealthOrganization in Geneva. “Their response has been excellent.”

      It would not be surprising if the central government in Beijing is committed to transparency but local officials are not.

      • Alphy

        Thanks @kaipan:disqus. I am pretty sure the hesitency is on the local level. No one wants to be the first to cry wolve over a potential pandemic. If you were in the position to spot the first patients that have H7N9, would you not first double check especially if you don’t have all the expertise or equipment? Another thing is if it were on the higher national level that wants to cap it, I suspect there will be a lot more delay than just a mere few days and a lot more people dying before this news came out.

        • Rick in China

          Yeah – there really has to be verification and research before these kind of announcements are made — the effects of panic can be horrible, not to mention purely economic impacts..

  • Blessed by God

    Well, Asians are very unlucky!

    Mao Zedong, North Koreans, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Radiations, Fukushimas, Jesuit universities, US military bases.

    Vatican: Thanks Mao!……for your legacy..!!!! haha

  • al in china

    What a mess this place is…….can’t trust anyone and the Chinese have their heads up their buts so far they can’t hear the EXPERTS all over the world offering help. WHO wants to send help guys????? The Chinese media just keeps repeating that the world keeps complimenting China on how well it it handling the situation. What a joke this Country and some of it’s people are! They really think they are an advanced civilization able to take care of their own…..what a joke……now they have a new drug (peramivir) which they stole from an American drug company. Oh! we are so good, so intelligent, so amazing, so kind, so honest, so civilized, so moral, so cool,,,,,SO WHAT!