China initiates quarantine for suspected H5N1 carriers from Egypt and Indonesia

We are in the middle of an H1N1 pandemic.

H5N1 is endemic in China.

And yet, today, the Chinese government issued a directive to screen people from Egypt and Indonesia for signs of H5N1 based on the following symptoms:

…fever, cough, headache, general malaise and other symptoms…
Machine Translation from China News, March 12, 2010 [hat-tip, Helblindi]

Examining everyone coming into China from Egypt and Indonesia with these common symptoms is an extraordinary step. Doing this as a screen for H5N1 during an H1N1 pandemic is more extraordinary (as Helblindi pointed out at PFI_Forum).

What does the Chinese government know that we don’t?


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