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Chinese City In Lockdown After Bubonic Plague Kills Resident

Posted: 07/23/2014 12:11 pm

yumen gansu plague bubonic quarantineA city in Gansu Province is under police lockdown and a quarantine is in place after a local man died from the bubonic plague, reports Reuters. The 30,000 residents of Yumen are not allowed to leave while police roadblocks divert traffic away from the city.

A 38 year-old man named Wang contracted bubonic plague after finding a dead marmot. He chopped up the marmot to feed to his pet dog, but then got a fever. He was taken to hospital before dying the next day, July 16, at 5am. Doctors determined he had contracted the plague.

Deemed as “extremely contagious”, Wang’s remains have been cremated. More than 150 people have been placed in quarantine, and none have shown signs of infection as of Tuesday (July 22). On July 16, the city was divided up into four quarantine sectors with specific disease inspection areas.

Instances of bubonic plague have occurred periodically in China. In September 2012, a villager who found a dead marmot and ate it with other Litang, Sichuan residents died of the plague.yumen gansu plague bubonic quarantineyumen gansu plague bubonic quarantineyumen gansu plague bubonic quarantineyumen gansu plague bubonic quarantineyumen gansu plague bubonic quarantineyumen gansu plague bubonic quarantineyumen gansu plague bubonic quarantine

Photos: Hexun, Sohu TV screenshots, Weibo


Six Year-old Panda Xinxin Dies in Macau

Posted: 06/23/2014 4:36 pm

xinxin panda death macau chinaXinxin the great panda has died in Macau, China. She was six years-old.

A gift of the central Chinese government, Xinxin arrived in Macau on December 18, 2010 in a well-publicized campaign that brought her over in a custom-designed Air China passenger jet. There, Xinxin was a regular fixture at the Great Panda Hall in the Shipaiwan Wilderness Park where she delighted many visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of China’s national/endangered animal.

Xinxin is survived by her partner that was also gifted to Macau, Kaikai. With their names spoken together as “Kaikai Xinxin”, the couple’s name becomes the Chinese word for “happiness”.

It was during a routine checkup in May that staff at the panda center discovered Xinxin was suffering from a kidney problem. Then, as if to exacerbate the situation, Xinxin entered the all-important “breeding season” two weeks ago. At this time, Xinxin became tempermental and lost her appetite.

At a press conference held late last night by the the general office of the Special Administration Region of Macau, it was announced that Xinxin had passed away at 8:18pm on June 22 from a kidney failure.

Estimates to the remaining number of pandas in the world range from 3,000 to 1,600.



Beijingers Can Live a Healthy Life Into Their Late 50s, According To New Study

Posted: 06/18/2014 4:41 pm

beijing life expectancy Chinese people are famous for being preoccupied with longevity, and now they have some facts to indicate exactly how long they might live. The Beijing Center for Disease Control released a report on the healthy life expectancy of people in the capital city, according to MSN, and it’s not as long as some other countries.

According to the study, a Beijing man can expect to live a healthy life until he is 61.4 years old, while a Beijing woman will get to 56.06 years old in a healthy state.

This report is the first of its kind in China.

Beijing had previously announced the average life expectancy of its residents without the mention of the state of health. The 2005 Beijing census showed Beijingers are expected to live until about 80 years of age, which was raised to 81.51 in 2013.

While Beijing females have a longer life expectancy than men, Beijing men are expected to live healthier lives than women of the same age according to the study.

The Director of the Beijing Center for Disease Control Deng Ying announced the findings and emphasized the need to focus on the quality of life provided to city residents. Deng said:

The results of the study to determine the healthy life expectancy of Beijing adult residents reminds us that even though Beijing has been able to raise this level to that of developed countries, living conditions for residents are still not ideal. Throughout our lives there are elements that contribute to our having 10-20 years of unhealthy conditions.

The World Health Organization says Chinese citizens will live to an average age of 74.2, with China ranked in 97th place among countries worldwide.

By contrast, Hong Kong is ranked 5th in the world with an average life expectancy at 83.8 years, Japan is second at 84.6 years, and Monaco in top position at 87.2 years.

The United States of America is in 35th position with an average life expectancy of 79.2 years.

Photo: MSN


Fake Sick Leave Notices Sell for RMB100 as Fans Stay Home for World Cup

Posted: 06/18/2014 8:00 am

While the FIFA 2014 World Cup is only a few days old, the number of outpatients at several Guangzhou hospitals is already on the rise. Many of them suffer from indigestion-related problems after gurgling down icy beer and stuffing themselves with greasy snacks while staying up all night watching the games.

A look at the sales figures from Taobao and Tmall, two top Chinese e-commerce websites, show that more than 17 million cans of beer were sold to football fans this week. Or, as reported, roughly the entire population of Czechoslovakia drinking for two days straight. This doesn’t even include sales from supermarkets or convenience stores dotted across the country where buying cheap, icy beer is much easier. reported the number of outpatients increased by 10% recently in several hospitals with most patients being youths and middle-aged men. The doctors suspect the sudden increase in patients suffering from stomach ache, vomiting or diarrhea are related to the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the number of fake patients asking for sick leave at hospitals has also increased. Some showing no symptoms of disease or pain have come to hospitals requesting doctors issue them sick leave, the report said.

One 26-year-old man visited an orthopedic doctor in a hospital in Tianhe District and told the doctor he was worried he might have suffered an “internal injury” during a basketball game which left him with several light bruises on his knees and elbows. He later confessed that he just wanted to skip a few days of work to watch the World Cup.

In another case, an old lady in her 60′s in Yuexiu District visited a doctor to ask if it was possible for him to write a sick leave notice for her son.

And of course, when faking an illness, exaggerating a health problem or sending family members as proxies proves fruitless, one can always find online sources selling sick leave notices. One such message group on QQ told a news reporter that he could get sick leave notices issued from various hospitals from all across China with one costing RMB 100 and two for RMB 150.

With all this talk about getting sick for the love of the game, football fans should be careful not to let the love of the game get them sick, or worse. A 25 year-old Suzhou, Jiangsu man was reported to have died suddenly while watching the World Cup overnight on June 14, reports the People’s Daily. Doctors reportedly say staying up to watch the game had been a factor that led to his death.

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Four New Avian Flu Cases in Guangdong and HK; Two Deaths from Prior Cases

Posted: 04/11/2014 11:38 am

Avian flu is the fatal herpes simplex B of China’s national health: a stubborn infection that keeps breaking out on the majestic face of the land.

The Center for Infectious Disease and Policy reports that there have been four new cases of avian flu that have been positively identified by authorities in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong. These include:

  • An 81-year-old Guangzhou woman surnamed He, now living in its Liwan District, positively identified on April 8.
  • A 37-year-old Shantou man surnamed Liu, now living in its Jinping District, positively identified on April 9.
  • A 71-year-old Heyuan woman surnamed Gu, now living in its Yuancheng District, positively diagnosed on April 9.
  • An 82 year-old woman from Guangzhou surnamed Zhou, currently a Hong Kong resident. Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection stated that Zhou first contracted the H7N9 virus on April 7 in Guangzhou. Zhou was stopped when she tried to enter Hong Kong by car with two family members on Apr 8, and later positively diagnosed with avian flu.


All patients are hospitalized and are in critical or stable condition. This list of avian flu cases is in addition to the case that was positively diagnosed on April 1.

These four new cases add to a national total of 418 cases of avian flu as reported by FluTrackers, an international charity that tracks infectious diseases. 136 of these cases occurred during the first wave of the outbreak in the spring of 2013, while 282 cases have occurred during the current second wave.

An unofficial count of fatalities is now totaled at 126.



Little girl abandoned at Guangzhou metro, parents left note behind

Posted: 08/24/2012 2:02 pm

A heartbreaking story out of Guangzhou: A 3-year-old girl named Jiayu was found abandoned at Ximenkou Station in Guangzhou on the afternoon of August 21.

People who noticed her alone in the station called police, who took the girl to the hospital. An exam showed that little Jiayu was suffering from anemia and has heart disease. In her trolley, police found several items of her clothes, some food and a piece of paper which said:

We (the parents) have tried years to cure her and we don’t have any money to support her anymore. We hope she can meet good people (that can take care of her)

Police said if Jiayu’s parents don’t show up in a couple of days, they will send have to send Jiayu to a welfare home.

We’ve included a video of the story below.

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