I am now back in Shanghai and had such a fun weeklong trip in Taiwan -- I did not want to leave the warmth and the kind Taiwanese people. I pick up classes again tomorrow and apparently have a powerpoint presentation to give.....should probably start that now. In two more weeks I am traveling with six other CIEE friends to Thailand for a week for Spring break, starting May 3rd! I am very excited and I hope to find another elephant to make friends with! We are all looking forward to the authentic Thai food and the daily average of 85 degrees F.
I am not sure if any of you have heard about the Avian Flu here in China, but it is getting increasingly worrisome to the Chinese Government. Shanghai is considered "the center" of the H7N9 flu and has lost a handful of people to this Avian Flu. As of April 13th, China has now reported a total of 43 cases of human infection with the new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus; 11 of which have resulted in death.
Center for Disease Control website says:
"On April 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that influenza A (H7N9), a type of flu usually seen in birds, has been identified in a number of people in China. Cases have been confirmed in the following provinces and municipalities: Anhui, Beijing, Henan, Jiangsu, Shanghai, and Zhejiang.This is the first time this virus has been seen in people. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Infection with the new virus has resulted in severe respiratory illness and, in some cases, death. Chinese health authorities are conducting investigations to learn the source of the infections with this virus and to find other cases"
But I am safe Mom, Dad, Dahma! I am avoiding eating chicken and eggs and I trust what my host Mama cooks because the family also eats it. She is very aware of H7N9.
If you want to read further: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/avian-flu-h7n9-china.htm
Hope you enjoy the pictures! Zai Jian for now