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Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Floods in China 2003 - china.org.cn
TWO stories, each unremarkable, could combine for the greatest human tragedy of the history of the race. SARS is again active in Chine. With an average kill rate of 7%, SARS could take 900,000,000 lives if it escapes worldwide in this jet age. A HALF MILLION CHINESE REFUGEES ARE RIGHT NOW LIVING IN CRAMPED TENT CAMPS IN THE SNOW AND ICE OF WINTER, WITHOUT ADEQUATE SANITARY FACILITIES, AFTER BEING FLOODED OUT TWO MONTHS AGO. If SARS gets in these camps it will overwhelm China's healthcare system, and, at the least, rage unchecked within their borders. We need to clamp-down travel if SARS bursts out -- we need whatever debate NOW, before the klaxons go off, and than do it if the situation warrants. THEN there will be barely time for doing, let alone thinking, and no tolerance for arguments.
News | Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Yes, it is Sars
China official confirms case
BEIJING — Even as a hospital yesterday discharged Taiwan's first Sars patient in five months, a mainland Chinese official confirmed that a 32-year-old freelance journalist had contracted the disease.
In Taiwan, a 44-year-old army lieutenant-colonel was allowed to go home after it was determined that he no longer risked infecting others.
Across the strait, a senior provincial official confirmed the journalist's case.
"Our experts at the Centre for Disease Control have made many tests and they are all positive," said Feng Shaoming, a spokesman for the Guangdong Centre for Disease Control.
The case would not be officially upgraded to a confirmed case until the Ministry of Health made a formal announcement. Mr Wang Maowu, director of disease control at the national-level Chinese Centre for Disease Control, said an official statement may be issued today.
Mr Roy Wadia, the Beijing-based spokesman for WHO, said his organisation was trying to contact its counterpart in the Ministry of Health.
The Chinese patient, identified as Luo, developed a fever on Dec 16 and was hospitalised with pneumonia in the right lung four days later.
Meanwhile, Changi Airport has started screening passengers arriving from Guangdong. The Health Ministry said none of the disembarking passengers had to be sent to hospital so far, Newsradio 93.8 reported. — Agencies
"...Floods also struck in many part of the world. In China, the swollen waters of the Huai and Yangtze flooded 650,000 homes and caused an economic loss of almost US$ 8 billion. Many places in southern France were under water at the beginning of December, when numerous rivers, including the Rhône, flooded their banks after extreme rainfall (causing insured losses of US$ 1 billion and economic losses of around US$ 1.5 billion)....