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?