Is the Chinese Government Hiding an Ebola Outbreak in Guangdong?

The censored image of workers in hazmat suits screening for the Ebola virus in Guangdong Province. (HKU)
The censored image of workers in hazmat suits screening for the Ebola virus in Guangdong Province. (HKU)

It’s no secret that China has close connections with many African countries, particularly in the southern province of Guangdong, where a lot of Chinese workers in West Africa come from.

According to state media Xinhua, more than 8,600 people have traveled from West Africa to the provincial capital of Guangzhou since the end of August, and over 5,000 of them have had health checks.

Since Oct. 23, Guangzhou authorities have been heavily monitoring the entrances of the Canton Fair, the nation’s largest trade expo. Suited medical staff wearing masks have been testing participants for fever, and those from Ebola-hit areas have reportedly been asked to stay in designated hotels.

So perhaps it’s not surprising that this photo of health workers dressed in hazmat suits got “harmonized” on Sina Weibo.

The blogger’s censored caption asked why Xinhua had reported 43 people as testing positive for Ebola, but then immediately changed the news to the test results all being negative. It added:

How can you tell if China really is free of Ebola? With such a random change of news, would you still feel safe going to Guangdong? Can you trust the Chinese government?

Research by Lulu and Cecilia

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