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ilunga, and others interested in the source
check it out here. China officially confirmed the outbreak of foot-mouth disease.|
Tell me if you have problems in accessing the online wsj.
Another information, foot-mouth disease is not harmful to human bodies, according to scientists. Such disease will reduce the production of meat and milk from animals. The disease is contagious among cows, sheep, pigs.
So the impact on Chinese husbandry industry caused by the disease is already there, with the existence of the epidemic. Whether the news is told to the public or not is not the most important factor to drag down the industry output.
The interpretation of the coverup is serious because even if a disease like this one that presents no harm to human has been covered up, we don't know if there is anything more serious have been covered up or not.
I agree every government covers up something and once such cover up is discovered, the cover ups are condemned and sometimes they are serious enough for the government to step down. It is not a problem in China, but still, the public deserves to know the truth, especially those ones concerning public health. I believe most Chinese citizens, including myself, don't really care the cover up of som conspiracies of power game, but we care about public health.