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What Killed 121 People in Gangcha County in Qinghai China?

Recombinomics Commentary
May 26, 2005

>>  A web-based Chinese-language news service called Boxun (Abundant News), which allows correspondents to freely post information on its site, reported on 25 May that 121 people in 18 villages in the sparsely-settled western province of Qinghai have died of bird flu, and more are ill. Some 1300 people, have been isolated, it reports.

But on Thursday the official Xinhua news agency denied any human infections with H5N1 bird flu in the region. No unexplained pneumonia or flu among people who had contact with birds that carried H5N1 has been reported, it says. An expert team was dispatched to Qinghai soon after the strain was confirmed in wild geese at a nature reserve - a development reported earlier this week.

Xinhua says local authorities have "stepped up infectious disease control" by "closely monitoring and screening all pneumonia and flu-like cases among humans, fowl and livestock". <<

The key question about bird flu in Gangcha County, in Qinghai Province in China is what killed the 121 people this month.  They had a case fatality rate above 60% and died around the same time as the 519 water fowl in the same area in and around the Qingahi Lake Nature Reserve.

Information on the age, gender, symptoms, and cause of death would put an end to the speculation, which is centered on a global pandemic significantly worse than the 1918 pandemic that killed 20-100 million people worldwide.

Prior to May 18, China hadn't reported any H5N1 in the entire country since last fall, so what China doesn't find is not important at this time.

Specific answers are required.  The whole world is watching and negative data do not answer  the key question - what killed 121 people in 18 townships in Gangcha County in Qinghai Province this month.

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