H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Discovered in Shanghai & Anhui, Reactions

Chinese girl receiving vaccination shot.

Chinese girl receiving vaccination shot.

From NetEase:

Shanghai and Anhui H7N9 Bird Flu is Latest Influenza Virus

Summary: Cases of H7N9 Bird Flu have been discovered in Shanghai and Anhui, with two deaths, and the other Anhui case being critically ill. The exact source of the infection for the 3 individuals is still unclear. The National Health and Family Planning Commission indicated that these H7N9 Avian Influenza viruses are a newly-discovered subtype of the influenza virus.

From NetEase:

1 Shanghai Victim Was a Pork Seller, Experts Propose Testing the Huangpu River Dead Pigs


Expert Suggestion

Should obtain specimens from the Huangpu River dead pigs to test if they contain avian influenza

Hong Kong University Center for Infectious Diseases Director He Bailiang says the past human cases of bird flu that have appeared on the mainland mostly belong to the H5 category. “This instance of transmission to humans is rather unusual, and may very likely show that this strain of avian influenza virus has already mutated.

As for whether or not it is related to the large number of dead pigs that appeared in Shanghai’s Huangpu River, He Bailiang says there isn’t enough evidence or basis to comment on whether the two are related, but in light of the Shanghai 27-year-old male victim having been a pork vendor, the relevant mainland departments ought to collect specimens from the dead pigs and test for whether or not they contain avian influenza virus.

Comments from NetEase:

小强不奸 [网易南非网友]:

Something that happened in March, only reported at the beginning of April! If it were airborne, wouldn’t Shanghai have screwed over Anhui? On behalf of Shanghai city residents, I send my greetings to Shanghai’s city officials!!!

潜了N年了 [网易四川省成都市网友]:

It’s been almost a month now!

请叫我新奥斯卡 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]: (responding to above)

This is how the country’s public credibility is forfeited, treating the ordinary common people’s lives as a game.

ROC才是汉之正统 [网易广东省广州市网友]: (also responding to 潜了N年了)

“Experts say, the moment you get a fever, coughing, and other acute respiratory infection symptoms… At the same time, avoid coming in contact with diseased (dead) birds and livestock.” ——So what are our Shanghai compatriots who have already drank pig river water supposed to do?!!

我就是凶手 [网易四川省成都市网友]:

Finally at the forefront of the world.


Today is April 1st, I’ll start, China is the most transparent country!

网易广东省东莞市手机网友: (responding to above)

Chengguan are never violent.

kanke1200 [网易上海市网友]:

Zhejiang people harming others for their own benefit sold the dead pigs to Shanghai, China’s real estate market is all a result of Zhejiang’s Wenzhounese, and the dead pigs came from the people in Jiaxing in Zhejiang.


Evolving… Three months later, SARS Part 2 debuts…

信述堂pfengdvd [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

Ten years ago, SARS came, local governments hid it from the media, and the result was that once it spread, it could not be contained…

regegfdhert54 [网易日本网友]:

Did not get to the forefront of the world economically, but got to the forefront of the world with influenza virus.

燎痒方丈 [网易山东省滨州市网友]:

Sometimes I really wonder, the world really would be better off being destroyed. This is a sincere thought, don’t flame me. You tell me why people these days are so evil.


Isn’t it just a few people who died from a cold, stupid countrymen, making such a fuss, getting ready to be made a fool again? They’re once again organizing experts to con the common people, to frighten the common people, with SARS being one example, using it as a pretext to conduct a nationwide exercise, all phony and exaggerated, with the goal of forcefully selling vaccines. Throughout the world are over 2000 strains of cold [virus], with not a single one’s DNA cracked yet, which is to say not a single strain of cold can be cured, and actually, colds are all recovered from on your own, with medical treatment all about using various antibiotics to treat serious complications caused by the cold.

xufei88888888 [网易浙江省宁波市网友]:

I think the appearance of the dead pigs and the bird flu are too much to be a coincidence, and 90% probability it has something to do with the United States, probably a virus deliberately introduced by the United States, to destroy China’s peace and economy.


The H7N9 virus may be all around the country, just not reported. My husband’s father died in the first month of the new lunar year from acute pneumonia, just one month from onset to death. Went to three hospitals, and cause of death is uncertain. Even the hospital doesn’t know what kind of bacteria it was, and the bacteria developed very quickly. There are a lot of sick people like this.


Written by Fauna

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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