The following is my own English translation of an image file I received this morning via a Chinese classmate, which she had received via a Chinese friend of hers. The clipping appears to be from a Mainland newspaper (it is in simplified characters and has the normal formatting of a newspaper article). There is, however, no attribution as to the source of the clipping, apart from the claim in the article that the information was previously published in the “Guangzhou Daily” (guangZHOU RiBao).
I don’t know how reliable this is, but I was wondering if anyone else had heard of it, or if it can be confirmed from other sources. We can’t be afraid of everything, but it does kind of make you wonder. I can forward the image file of the Chinese original if anybody wants it.
Another Strange New Lethal Disease Appears in Guangzhou
Guangzhou has seen yet another type of strange, lethal disease. A patient with a type of contagious hemorraghic fever thought he had a cold, and put off seeing a doctor, with the result that he later died. Physicians in Guangzhou say that compared with Atypical Pneumonia, this type of hemorrhagic fever is even more chilling, as it kills in a much shorter period of time from its onset.
The “Guangzhou Times” reported that the dead man was a young worker from Hubei who had been working in Guangzhou. He spiked a sudden fever recently, and had headaches and lack of appetite. He thought he had a cold, but his condition worsened steadily, and finally when he went to the hospital to be seen, it was already too late to save him.
Symptoms are Similar to the Common Cold
Physician Xiao Yang of the Guangzhou Military Region Hospital’s Hemological Department says that this type of hemorrhagic fever is similar to the common cold. Both begin with headache, sinus pain, pain in the eyes, face, neck and upper chest due to “collection of blood” and flushing. White blood cells and abnormal lymphocytes and red cells are at higher levels than in normal people, and after the fever goes away, the patient’s condition is worse than before.
Xiao Yang says that compared to atypical pneumonia (SARS), this type of hemorrhagic fever is even more frightening, because it kills in a very short time after onset.
Currently the means of transmission for this illness is still unknown.
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