CCP Dismisses WHO Concerns Over Pneumonia Outbreak as Japan Announces TB Test for Travelers From China

Alex Wu
By Alex Wu
November 26, 2023China News
CCP Dismisses WHO Concerns Over Pneumonia Outbreak as Japan Announces TB Test for Travelers From China
Children and their parents wait at an outpatient area at a children hospital in Beijing on Nov. 23, 2023. (Jade Gao/AFP via Getty Images)

China has responded to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) request for data regarding its spike in respiratory hospitalizations and clusters of undiagnosed pneumonia in children and increasingly adults around the country.

The attention from the WHO is concerning an “undiagnosed pneumonia” outbreak that is raging through the country, with many sick children overwhelming Chinese hospitals. But it’s reported that the outbreak in China has also spread to adults, with many medical staff reportedly infected, as well as possible cases reported in a neighboring country.

On Nov. 23, the WHO held a conference call with the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Beijing Children’s Hospital regarding its official request for data regarding the undiagnosed pneumonia outbreak in children the day before.

CCP officials responded to the WHO’s request by saying that no “unusual or new pathogens” have been found in various regions, including Beijing and Liaoning Province, and no abnormal clinical manifestations have been found. The CCP acknowledged a general increase in respiratory diseases but said it is caused by multiple known pathogens.

ProMED, a global public health surveillance system that monitors human and animal disease outbreaks worldwide, had issued a notification on Nov. 21 detailing a reported epidemic of “undiagnosed pneumonia” in children in China, suspecting that an unknown pathogen is causing the outbreak. This prompted the WHO’s questioning of China.

Chinese authorities then claimed on Nov. 21 that multiple respiratory pathogens, such as the influenza virus, RSV, SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19, and most significantly the mycoplasma pneumonia virus, are causing the mixed respiratory infections seen across the country.

The WHO said of China’s response, “Some of these increases are earlier in the season than historically experienced, but not unexpected given the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, as similarly experienced in other countries.”

“WHO is closely monitoring the situation and is in close contact with national authorities in China,” it added.

All Age Groups Infected

Mycoplasma infections have been seen in cyclical epidemics every three to four years, with previous upticks in 2011, 2015, and 2019. The infections typically don’t require hospitalization, although historically, young children with weak immune systems have been prone to developing more severe symptoms from the disease.

On Nov. 24, ProMED posted a message by a doctor named Robin Motz saying that the “undiagnosed pneumonia” was not limited to children. “I have heard from a fellow doctor in China. The viral pneumonia is an epidemic and affects all age-groups. It is very frequently followed by a bacterial pneumonia which is susceptible to levofloxacin,” Dr. Motz said. Levofloxacin is an antibiotic medication.

Sean Lin, an assistant professor in the Biomedical Science Department at Feitian College and a former U.S. Army microbiologist, said that when the COVID-19 virus, or CCP virus, cooperates with other respiratory viruses or mycoplasma pneumonia bacteria to break through the body’s immune system, more serious infections will occur, causing white lung syndrome and other conditions in the lungs.

“COVID-19 has never really disappeared in China, and I think the officials are still covering it up,” he said.

Since mid-October, many children have been infected with pneumonia, suffering from fevers and even exhibiting white lung symptoms as seen previously from serious COVID-19 infections in various regions in China. The cases skyrocketed further in November, infecting adults and overwhelming Chinese hospitals.

A video on social media shows the Liaoning Province Chinese Medicine Hospital overwhelmed with patients on Nov. 23.

Social media posts show that the respiratory disease in China is also adversely impacting adults, with many medical staff, teachers, and parents becoming infected and having to take time off work.

A nurse in Liaoning Province in northeast China posted to social media on Nov. 21 that the pediatric department of her hospital is full, echoing the situation during the mass COVID-19 outbreak last December when the CCP suddenly abandoned all pandemic control policies and measures, and stop widespread testing of COVID-19 . There are 12 people in her department, nine of whom are experiencing a fever.

More netizens posted on Nov. 23 saying that the raging outbreak in China has seen a large number of medical staff become infected.

Many schools have also seen half of the student population missing due to being infected with the pneumonia, with teachers and parents are becoming infected.

Ms. Yuan, a Shanghai resident, told The Epoch Times that she has observed that the pneumonia is contagious.

“Several of my colleagues’ children were infected first. When they returned home, they infected their mothers, and then the elderly. The main source of its spread is among children first, and then the children will infect the people living with them when they return home, infecting adults,” she said.

The undiagnosed pneumonia outbreak has quickly spread to many provinces and cities in China. A large number of videos and posts on social media show China residents explaining that hospitals in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Liaoning, and other places are full, with outpatient halls and emergency departments overcrowded, and inpatient beds reportedly very difficult to get.

Earlier this week, the state-owned China National Radio said in an online article that the average number of patients in the internal medicine department at Beijing Children’s Hospital had topped 7,000 per day, exceeding the hospital’s capacity.

Despite this, Chinese authorities told the WHO that the overall number of patients in Chinese territories hasn’t exceeded capacities.

On Nov. 24, the CCP’s State Council issued a notice warning that the nationwide “influenza epidemic peak” will occur in winter and spring, and that mycoplasma pneumonia infections will continue to be “high in incidence” in the future.

CCP Encouraging Travel

As the outbreak quickly worsened, on Nov. 24, the CCP’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs suddenly announced that it will offer unilateral visa-free entry for France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia starting from Dec. 1.

When COVID-19, which was first called “Wuhan pneumonia” in China due to its origin, first broke out in late 2019, the CCP concealed the truth of how the virus could be transmitted by humans. It shut down domestic travel in and out of Wuhan in January 2020 due to the epidemic but the regime continued to allow people to leave China, speeding up the spread of COVID which quickly became a global pandemic.

Wuhan officials admitted in early 2020 that more than 5 million people left Wuhan during that time, traveling to countries all around the world.

Pneumonia Outbreaks in Other Countries

Outbreaks of mycoplasma pneumonia have also been reported in South Korea, where reports of infections have more than doubled since the third week of October.

According to a Nov. 19 update from the Korean Agency for Disease Control and Prevention Agency, 226 or 96 percent of the 236 hospitalized patients across the country with bacterial respiratory infections have “mycoplasma pneumonia.” Most of the patients are under 12-years-old, with 80 percent of new infections being children aged under five.

France has also reported increased cases of mycoplasma pneumonia infections in children under 15—the worst infection rates seen there in over a decade.

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A passenger plane waiting to take off at Tokyo International Airport. The majority of Japanese airports are facing serious financial problems. (Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

Japanese health minister Takemi Keizo confirmed at a government health meeting on Nov. 16 that from 2024, Japan will require travelers from six countries—China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal, and Myanmar—to take tuberculosis (TB) tests before they enter Japan for visits exceeding three months, adding that many new TB patients in Japan come from those nations.

TB exhibits similar lung infection symptoms to the undiagnosed pneumonia and COVID-19, such as pulmonary nodules.

In late October, Japanese Health Minister Takemi Keizo urged China to share related information and data about the child pneumonia outbreak at a press conference, according to Japanese media.

Cheng Jing and Ning Haizhong contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times

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