The Chinese press is openly responding to significant rumors of an H7N9 outbreak, related to a surge in influenza like illnesses in the following provinces "Tangshan, Handan, Baoding, Shijiazhuang, Henan, and other places'.
One key thing to consider about the relationship between influenza-like-illnesses and H7N9 may be found in the last publicly documented H7N9 case. That H7N9 case, a 51 year old woman, had a son who was recovering from an influenza like illness with fever; the son did NOT test positive for H7N9. There may be a significant number of H7N9 cases that are milder and do not test positive for H7N9.
So far the published (propaganda) claims given in response to these H7N9 Outbreak rumors are as follows:
(1) The people are overwrought and the "illness" is a psychological manifestation
(2) The doctors are having a difficult time telling the difference between viral respiratory infections and Air Pollution.
(3) The Chinese CDC has launched an "comprehensive unexplained pneumonia and influenza-like illness surveillance" emergency plan
(4) The H7N9 "cure rate is very high" if caught early enough.
(5) Poultry and eggs are unmarketable
Obviously something is afoot, whether or not it is H7N9 is to be seen. These large scale widespread rumors would likely induce some higher wealth individuals to flee the affected locations,; thereby making early notice of such event reports important in factoring a potential spread outside of China
Source Reports:http://www.xsmnews.com/ylws/2013/1009/25944.html [THIS REPORT IS INCORRECTLY DATED]