We listen to the news and we hear complaints from a lot of people. Politicians are renowned for complaining and hear it from them all the time. Now we are finding complaints from the Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa about the treatment of Mexico, their subjects and their airlines. There are two complaints that are actually unfounded.
Quarantine of Mexican nationals
China has current encounter of epidemics that could have easily turn into pandemics. Bird flu (Influenzavirus A H5N1) seems to come and go with the migration of wild birds through China and so far has only impacted humans with direct speak to to the birds. The birds are ducks, geese, chicken and turkeys. Scientists keep on warning that it will only take a minor variation in the virus to make it turn out to be an epidemic and then a pandemic. Each and every year there are waves of avian flu that strike in diverse element of China and the Far East.
SARS spread via Hong Kong and other components of China since the authorities were too slow to react when the infection started to kill people.
Nevertheless they attempted to stop the spread when it was as well late. The result was a fantastic deal of criticism of the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese authorities.
When a hospital in Hong Kong was faced with a Mexican national who was suffering from Mexican flu (usually known as Swine flu) then their pandemic preparation came into force. They place the Mexican into isolation and they place the hotel he had checked into quarantine. There had been above 250 individuals in the hotel and the authorities place them into quarantine for a week.
Is that overkill or a prepared reaction from Medical Authorities?
Stopping of flights to and from Mexico
Right after a Mexican flew from Mexico to Shanghai and then took a connecting flight to Hong Kong, all seemed nicely.
The difficulty is that the Mexican was infected with Mexican flu (swine flu). The Chinese government made the decision that the risk was also fantastic and would cease the flights from Mexico to Shanghai. Consider how a lot of individuals were on the flight from Mexico and these that he encountered and infected in Shanghai Airport and ultimately those on all the connecting flights from Shanghai. I think the response of the Chinese government was measured and calculated.
The complaints just are a reflection of the issues that the Mexican Medical Authorities allowed to continue. If they had moved in time then the reaction of the Chinese authorities would not have been essential.