Chinese general calls bird flu an American plot
A general in the People’s Liberation Army has prompted online outrage in China – after he called the country’s bird flu outbreak an American plot to destabilize the government. Eight people in China have died from the new bird flu strain, H7N9. The infections typically come after contact with poultry.
Class discussion: Why would a high-ranking Chinese official want to blame the United States for a disease outbreak in his country? How deadly is this flu strain? Is it likely to spread outside of China? Can a bird flu virus evolve into a strain more dangerous to human beings? How serious are flu epidemics? What was the worst recorded flu epidemic? How many people did it kill?
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