Netizens Angry Shanghai Allowed Swine Flu To Enter China


Yesterday, Hong Kong confirmed the first case of Swine Flu (H1N1) after a passenger arrived in Hong Kong on a China Eastern flight from Mexico that also passed through Shanghai. Many netizens are very upset and angry and blame Shanghai for allowing the plane to enter China.



Comments from Sina:


The whole world is forbidding Mexican airline from entering their countries, but our country up to a few days was still allowing uninterrupted entry to those airplanes from infected countries, even exaggeratingly saying we have the ability to detect carriers.  How is this kind of defense awareness different from dereliction of duty, with such a serious consequence for such dereliction?


To the Shanghai officials who allowed the Mexican airline in: 1. Have you considered that there are some people with ulterior motives who want to bring the disease to China? 2. Can the current detection method filter the virus? 3. If the virus brought into the country by the airplane spreads, how big of an effect will it have on China’s economy, how many people will die, and how far-reaching of an effect on society? To those officials who ignore the country’s interests and the people’s safety, I want to express my extreme indignation, and strongly request the central government to make a thorough investigation.


That the virus can be concealed/in incubation, I already thought of.
Even before hearing the news, I was very surprised to see airplanes still entering Shanghai, what use is thermal sterilization? If the virus is in incubation and not apparent, how can you detect it?
Now it is already like this. These officials, they never learn their lesson, they should have long ago prohibited the airplane!!!


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Upon seeing the news about that flight yesterday I was very angry! It is simply being irresponsible to the people of our country, and the unimaginable thing still happened! With the plane having flown over 10 hours, the other people on the plane definitely were also infected! Dammit. This time the joke is not funny!! BS China Eastern!!..


Didn’t Shanghai do an investigation/detection? Now that the flu has been spread to here, how do we understand/deal with the risks/danger? Who will bear the consequences of what this leads to? The relevant officials really underestimated the seriousness of this problem. This kind of irresponsible attitude makes people disgusted.


It turns out to be truly be as expected! Truly a disaster caused by that flight yesterday! Europe and Japan both canceled flights to and from Mexico and other infected areas, so why did we not cancel Mexican flights entering China? Those airline officials are playing with the lives of the country’s citizen’s and the country’s safety!


Faint, Shanghai to Hong Kong, detected upon reaching Hong Kong, so was Shanghai unable to detect it? The failure of the relevant organizations makes people disappointed. The SARS nightmare was only a few years ago. Pained.


Why hasn’t the Shanghai’s Health Department come out to say something yet?


Truly speechless, and [Shanghai] wants to compete with Hong Kong to be the international financial center? Do they feel stupid now?~


Calm down, so many things that happened in 2008 but China still made it through, nothing to worry about.



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I suggest canceling from Mexico to China all flights, ships, etc…


How come they have not yet stopped flights from Mexico!!!??? Why!!!???


Shanghai is just a stupid cunt!!!


We should forbid Mexican people from entering. This is not about humanism, this is about an epidemic.


Everyone, when the infected person is not in a fever condition, it cannot be checked, and he will not go get checked, because he himself also does not know he has been infected, so we cannot blame Shanghai and also cannot blame the infected person! Everyone needs to be reasonable.


If we are going to quarantine, we should have quarantined before. Quarantining now is what bullshit use?
This flu has an incubation period, and the most dangerous thing is that this incubation period does not have any symptoms, but can be infectious.
Discovering this example was like this. In Shanghai, they did not detect it, and according to the time reckoning, he was in Shanghai during the incubation period, and came down with the disease upon reaching Hong Kong.
Who was he in contact with during the incubation period? Afterward, who was in contact with who??
Just thinking about it is frightening. Truly a fish who ruined a pot of soup [one thing that ruined everything else].
Shanghai Airport was simply stupid, clearly aware that during the incubation period it cannot be detected yet still allowing the Mexican airplane in.


Stop making excuses for Shanghai…during the SARS time, how many Americans forbid us from entering…not humane? Would letting our own people suffer be humane? Don’t pretend to be righteous here.

Was it a mistake for Shanghai or China to allow the plane from Mexico to enter the country?

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  • John

    Number 1…Yeah!

    • John

      Anyway, what were the odds that a person would have the flu coming from Mexico city one of the most populous cities in the world, but that is what one gets when you play the odds. It also goes to show that no matter the precautions taken virus are extremely hard to detect and contain.

    • puhlease

      How old are you?

      • Vinowank

        26 going on 52…you should check out my facebook ;-)

  • Tommy

    oooohhhhh firsties

  • Tommy


    Anyway with the sanitary situation being what it is in China I hope they squash this bug before it spreads.
    A good chance to stop Chinese people from spitting everywhere I think.

    • bert

      They said that during SARS and before the Olympics. But it does seems a bit less than 10 years ago.

  • ST

    I’m flying to Shanghai in 10 days… I hope they don’t block flights from the U.S.

    Really though, this flu doesn’t seem especially dangerous. There has only been 1 death on the U.S. and that was a 2 year old that actually caught the virus while visiting in Mexico. It does not seem especially virulent outside of Mexico (no deaths anywhere else that I have heard of) which makes it seem like it is weaker the further it gets from its source. Hopefully.

    I saw a post here in the states that said something like 5,000 people dies from obesity related illness in the U.S. each week so worry about being fat, not getting this flu. Hah!

    • Teacher in China

      I agree about the flu thing ST. I think it’s being hyped about way too much in the media. It doesn’t seem that serious yet. I read some statistics yesterday that said 4,000-8,000 people die every year in Canada from regular flu, and 20,000-40,000 people are hospitalized because of it. But I guess it sells newspapers, so…

  • pug_ster

    Honestly, I’m more safe from the swine flu in China or Hong Kong because of the preventative measures that they take. My co-worker just got a flu 3 days ago. I hope that I won’t be next.

  • the tank man

    welcome to china !

  • bert

    Money and the APPEARANCE of safety are the number one concerns with the CCP.

  • Jim

    Don’t forget China gave SARS to the rest of the world and no body stopped any flights from China, Hong Kong included. The Chinese better stop spitting instead of fenqinging.

  • Beachgoer

    recession+lost job+swine flu+living in the us=i am f**ked :/

    • TheOrz

      I plan on moving back to the US soon. Why do you think living the US makes you fucked?

  • yeah this whole thing seems like its been blown waaaaayyy out of proportion. Someone needs to do something awesome to get this off of the front pages.

    *Goes to the sea to teach whales how to fly*

    • Hans Tais

      You weren’t here during SARS were you? If the flu breaks out into the general public with China’s massive population and densely packed cities it could be a diaster. Better safe then sorry.

  • yellow master race

    all what i can say here is:

    Do you like fishsticks?

    • Cool Matt

      That only works if you say it. :P great episode though

  • krdr

    There’s always a reason to start rant over Shanghai. As I get it, China Eastern came from Mexico, stay for hour on Shanghai Airport, then fly to Hong Kong. Now imagine 20 people strong medical team going from passenger to passenger, checking their temperature, taking samples and keep airplane for 5 hours on the ground until test result came!

  • fireworks

    Hope the vaccine or flu tablets are on the way.

  • Josiah

    新浪网友(美国) is a nut!

    He thinks people deliberately want to bring Swine Flu into china? Wtf?

    • Many Americans think Chinese deliberately want to poison their animals and children. There are always crazy people.

      • yellow master race

        know both of them. you are wrong and stupid generalizing idiot.

      • matt

        so purposefully putting high doses of melamine into milk products was for the benefit of children?

        clearly companies try to cut corners by using harmful materials. this comes at expense to the welfare of those purchasing the goods.

        • Kai

          She’s referring to the antifreeze toothpaste, poison pet food, and toy lead poisoning cases that happened in 2007 or so, and how some Americans thought all of it was a concerted effort by the Chinese government or nation to wage biological warfare on America…you know, as opposed to just some shady individuals cutting corners just to make a bit more money or a failure of oversight by regulatory agencies.

          Her point was that the Chinese commenter who had the idiocy to suspect that someone or something is intentionally trying to export swine flu to China is as idiotic and crazy as those Americans above.

      • Coppice

        Fauna made the long descent from her throne just to say that? How disappointingly anti-climactic.

    • Alikese

      There are probably some wackos in the US who would like to see a culling of the heard in China. I think some people would get a great Schadenfreude out of saying “see it didn’t hit to hard in America, but those backwards Chinese couldn’t take it.”

      I’m in the boat that this flu is being blown way out of proportion to sell newspapers and commercials, though.

  • thetankman

    swine fle, welcome to beijing

  • el instigador

    We try harder to send you flu next time.

  • Ken

    The swine flu isn’t really that dangerous. Compared to the victims of SARS it is nothing. But OMG Chinese medias are excited. This time the flu started in another country with hygeine problems. Surely if the flu will start to mutate in China the situation will get out of control with all the dirty habits people have in this country

    • China-weary

      Ken, well said for the latter part!

      We don’t always have to point our fingers every time there’s a problem. Often in cases like this, we can’t attribute the blame on any specific party, this is OUR WORLD’S PROBLEM, not a matter of national or personal level anymore. So let’s deal with it like a world family and stop creating more tensions and problems we don’t need.

      The Chinese govt. should focus on educating the people (if they are capable of learning…) about the new strain of Influenza A H1N1, what everyone should do to prevent/minimise risk of contraction, and what to do if they think they or ppl they know might have the symptoms. But all I can see on TV is showing the poor Mexican infected patient, situation in HK and cases in the world. They only talk abt other people’s problems, blaming anyone they can think of, criticising the govt. and world for not doing good enough to prevent this outbreak – all while their citizens continue to spit wherever they like, pick their nose like nobody’s business then pat someone’s shoulders or shake hands, not flushing or wash hands after using the bathroom.

      Stop overreacting on all issues!

      • MLSH

        It only has a 3% mortality rate–interesting that people in their twenties seem to be dying from it more than others, but still.
        They thought my dad had it yesterday (overreaction–he’s just an old guy who was nauseus) and you would’ve thought that biological warfare had started with all the suits they made everybody dress up in. Wouldn’t even let me go in without covering up my clothes. Just wash your hands…with soap!

  • Amak

    This whole thing has been blown out of proportion (surprise, surprise because of the media!) It originated (well, believed) from Mexico, where their health care system is non-existent at best. Most deaths? Mexico. The 1 from America? Young child, weak immune system because of age. Compared to the world’s population, a minuscule amount have died.

    • Alikese

      “[W]here their health care system is non-existent at best.”

      What is it at worst? Blatantly harmful?

  • BloodDeathandGlory

    Some people in China (usually those well educated) understand basic health rules and the responsibility to lead a hygienic life, but they are about 5% of the country and the rest just don’t care. You can tell a mother that letting her child play with the mangy cat is unhealthy, but she’ll tell you to mind your own business. But when the child gets sick they “don’t know how it happened”

    People in China with any responsibility just want to gloat over how some other unfortunate soul has been screwed over. They don’t care about their own people just their nationalistic pride.

  • James

    How many countries turned back planes from China during SARS? – zero.

    Don’t be so racist towards Mexico.

  • Surya

    My friend got quarrentined at home for 7 days, it made no sense, they took away his mobile and said he coldnt leave, but then they still let his maid come and go every day, so what is the point of that????

    • China-weary

      lmao~~ This is another classic example of the Chinese government’s pseudosystematic nonsense.

      One of the many farcical trends prevalent in China I came to observe is that the Chinese authorities and enterprises often invest a lot of resources on implementing systems which either nobody cares to follow or are faulty by nature.

      In either case, it is apparent that THEY NEVER INTENDED TO REALLY ENFORCE THOSE SYSTEMS. All those talks, assurances and publicities were merely for show as situation requires.

      What’s even sadder is that those conscientious few who tried to go by the book ended up being victims of the very system they honoured…

      We are spared for now because the mutated virus isn’t that malignant. Else, that one maid could’ve wiped half the world’s population out, and I was just being optimistic really. :)

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  • shin

    with the filth, spitting, and plain “digustingness” in this country the chinese are probably immune to H1N1 so they shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

  • Chesco

    Does this mean we should also stop people with HIV from traveling?

  • I am a US citizen being held against my will in China. We were taken out of our hotel last night and driven 1 hr outside of Shanghai. There is one girl who speaks English to help us understand. We are being refused any medical attention and given very little water…330ml in 10 hrs and no food. The hotel has no food or water in it and it appears to be abandon. The people holding us have lied to the US embassy and we are in need of help. I am starting to feel as though I am in grave danger….please help 248-249-1317

    • China-weary

      Dear ‘American’ in danger,
      I suggest you send an email personally to your “US” embassy since you are still allowed internet access. :)
      What would be even better is to take pics of these people and upload the photos as evidence to expose this inhumane custody.

    • Chong

      Dana, call me, I have sent you a sms.

  • Miguel

    I got Quarrentined inside Aircraft on the way back from Bangkok to Shenzhen on May 10. For over 2 hours, the “Friendly Health Inspectors” watch every single move everyone made. . . They had no clue of what they were doing, no standard check and uniforms were different in all three inspectors!!!
    Once again, Welcome to China!!!

  • Interesting stuff. Did you hear that there’s a new strain which is resistant to the anti-flu drugs? Tamiflu etc? Found a really good website for tracking it’s progress, seems to be updated every hour or so…

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