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Little Trouble in Big China

Little Trouble in Big China

Date: Aug 08 2006

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John is taking a trip to China and he’s a little worried about birdflu. Though relatively few people have contracted birdflu, doctors are worried that it could soon become a major global health issue.
Listen to John and I discuss China and birdflu.

Dialog

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Dave

Dave

John

John

Dave:  John, you’re going to China this week, aren’t ya?

John:  Yeah, I leave on Thursday. I can’t wait.

Dave:  Yeah? Where are you flying into?

John:  Into Beijing, and then I’m going down to Shanghai.

Dave:  Yeah?

John:  Yeah. I’m hoping not to catch that birdflu, though.

Dave:  Yeah, it’s becoming a big thing, ah, in China. Have they had any cases yet?

John:  They haven’t, ah, said that they have any cases in humans, but they’ve had plenty in birds.

Dave:  No one’s been quarantined yet?

John:  No, not at all. But they’re scared of it becoming a pandemic. You know, it’s supposed to be very, very contagious.

Dave:  Yeah. Are there any signs? What are you supposed to come down with?

John:  I think the sniffles, you know, coughing, sneezing. Just normal stuff.

Dave:  Yeah.

John:  I’m actually bringing some Tamiflu with me.

Dave:  Oh yeah, Tamiflu. That’s, what is that?

John:  That’s that drug that’s, ah, supposed to help it once you, once you get it. I guess that there’s still a fifty percent fatality rate, though, if you catch it.

Dave:  Even with Tamiflu?

John:  I think so.

Dave:  Oh boy.

John:  Yeah, so I’m going to be careful.

Dave:  Well, good luck.

John:  Thanks.

 

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Discussion

The U.S. is stockpiling Tamiflu and other antibiotics in case of a birdflu pandemic. Birdflu has been a problem in SE Asia for a number of years, but now it is starting to spread to countries throughout Asia and Europe. Should people panic? Are you worried?

 

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sherryleio

sherryleio

China

This birdflu caused our panic in 2008, now H7N9 birdflu again comes. Even not in my city, but we have excluded chickens, ducks from our meals. Flu is now affecting our life beyond our expectation. I wish we could return back the life with clear water, fresh air, green grass and mountains…

03:16 AM Apr 12 2013 |

mustafakocalar

Turkey

hi !!!!!!!!! how are you freid l want do meet mııt you  lfrom  tturkıye in antalya liveing   

09:42 PM Nov 14 2008 |

Fidel Ifulu

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

I was wondering what could realy be a little troulbe in a big China! It was  a big pleasure to find out about that birdflu!  I effectively hope that birdflu is definitely eradicated in the region!

Very interesting text.

04:32 PM Feb 06 2008 |

krirkbodin

krirkbodin

Thailand

Don’t be panic..
We are ready to protect Birdflu..especially in Thailand..

12:36 PM Aug 09 2006 |

rayne

China

a good one, albeit an old one, again..

02:10 AM Aug 09 2006 |

nady

nady

Romania

it`s a mistery this birdflu;they make a panic but steel haven`t any case

08:38 PM Aug 08 2006 |

derbeder

Turkmenistan

It s one of common problem recently in Asia.no panic,just be careful…

10:25 AM Aug 08 2006 |

Fireball

Fireball

Italy

it’s very interesting!

09:24 AM Aug 08 2006 |

beautyfang

beautyfang

China

in china ,i think birdflu is not serious as you say.only in few of areas is considered quarantined.and anything of prediction is done so well ,so we trust in our country and our leaders .it will be soon soloved .so we donot worried about it at all.

07:30 AM Aug 08 2006 |

Luke

Luke

China

Well, the birdflu was gone, man.

07:06 AM Aug 08 2006 |

Wilton

Wilton

China

China is a beautifual country.I am very pride to be a Chinese. SARS or Bird flu may have caused a lot of panics but we don’t have to worry about that.In my opinion, people can conquer any disaster. So Welcome to China!

06:01 AM Aug 08 2006 |

emai

emai

Philippines

Beware! all who have low in resistance.

01:37 AM Aug 08 2006 |

maryciuks

maryciuks

Lithuania

blue words too fast pronounce

07:40 PM Nov 22 2005 |

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