Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Because I Want My Poor Mother to Worry...

From a management notice distributed throughout the Embassy:

"The Chinese government announced on January 6 the death of a Beijing woman from Avian Influenza H5N1 (highly pathogenic bird flu). The announcement indicates that this person contracted the disease from cleaning the internal organs of ducks bought in a market in Hebei Province. It also states that no other individuals have been found to be infected, and that there are currently no sick or dead birds in the region."


Global Gal said... [Reply]

Oh, great!! Sounds like I chose the perfect opportunity to leave China for a month. I hope it is isolated! Having worked in a hospital through SARS in Toronto, I wouldn't want to be in China for another...

Simple Answer said... [Reply]

If possible, I would give up breathing for a short time and remember to wash your hands until the skin peels off. Good luck! I can't decide if I find that more or less scary than the trucks with machine guns rolling through the neighborhood thanx to the spat next door.

Cathy said... [Reply]

omg--that's so scary!

GutsyWriter said... [Reply]

I remember the whole SARS outbreak in 2003. Is it starting over?

Kelsey said... [Reply]

I live in the one province in Korea that has had several cases of bird flu, *and* I live in a very, very rural area with open sewers and poor sanitation. Every time I get a cold, my mother back in the states flips out.

I sort of stumbled across your blog while link-surfing. I'm an expat currently living in Korea, and my S.O. is a former FS brat. I like your blog, and I was wondering if you would mind if I added you to my blogroll?

Connie said... [Reply]

There is bird flu in Egypt too. It seems to hit the people who live and work closely with birds. The schools are very proactive though and the kids are trained not to pick up feathers and such.

Kelsey said... [Reply]

Connie - what amuses me about your comment is that when a bird flew into my school's corridor and couldn't get out, the first thing they did was come get me - the foreigner.

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