China’s Communist regime has been having a few leaks recently. First there was the accusation by Chinese researchers that COVID leaked out of a Level 4 virus lab in Wuhan (READ: Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory?), and now the Chinese media is reporting that a highly infectious disease, brucellosis, leaked out of a state-run vaccine factory in Lanzhou.
Over 6,000 people in China’s northwestern city of Lanzhou have tested positive for brucellosis after they were exposed to contaminated aerosols from a state-run brucellosis vaccine factory leak over a year ago, Chinese state health authorities announced on November 4.
“A total of 55,725 people have been tested so far near the factory, accounting for 97.5 percent of the total residents in Yanchang Road sub-district, the worst impacted area, and 6,620 have been confirmed infected,” the Chinese state-run Global Times reported on Thursday.
The new figure more than doubles the number of cases Lanzhou health authorities said they had documented as of September 14 in connection with the same outbreak. At the time, government health officials said they had recorded just 3,245 positive brucellosis cases in the same district.
Though not usually fatal, brucellosis is a highly contagious bacteria found in livestock such a pigs and sheep. It can be transferred to humans through contact with infected animals or drinking unpasteurized milk. People catching the disease will experience fatigue, fever, headaches, anorexia and the sweats. In the more serious cases it can result in the swelling of a person’s heart, spleen and liver and can damage reproductive organs. In many instances, people never fully recover from the infection.
And on a related note, the Chinese people do not trust the Communist regime, and are refusing to take vaccines manufactured in the country because of past vaccine scandals. READ: Coronavirus: vaccine scandals haunt China’s winter flu shot drive