Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary has an excellent post this morning: Sandman & Lanard On China’s H7N9 Risk Communications. The introduction:
After the debacle of the SARS cover up in 2002-2003, and a decade of less-than-forthcoming admissions regarding their H5N1 problems, Chinese health officials have earned a good deal of rare, but well-deserved praise for their apparent openness on the emerging H7N9 virus.
Over the past week, however, we’ve seen disturbing reports that the Chinese MOA (Ministry of Agriculture) and poultry industry leaders – tired of the stigma and declining poultry sales – are down playing the dangers (see China’s MOA Disputes Poultry As Source Of H7N9 Infections) and are seeking to curb public disclosure of cases, while demanding a name change from `bird flu’ to simply `flu’.
After providing more context, Mike then links to the Sandman/Lanard article. Get out of here and go read it.