In some ways, it seems like this bird flu thing is totally overblown. It's in the news all the time, mainly because it has the potential to become a massive worldwide problem if the virus mutates. I guess that thought's rather scary, but it doesn't make any sense (except from the whole "scare tactic" perspective) that it should get more news coverage than diseases which actually are problems today. But worrying (hopefully needlessly) about a virus possibly mutating is more entertaining to the readers of the news than reading about incremental progress in the fight against cancer or AIDS.
About the victim:
That unfortunately seems to be representative of the mindset around here as well, and really shows that China, for all its advancements, still has a massive and extremely poor rural population.
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