Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, May 6th, 2003
"China's lack of openness about SARS is unfortunately reminiscent of its historic response to other health challenges the country faces, including a high suicide rate, especially among women, problems with the safety of its blood supply, and a rapid spread of HIV/AIDS," noted the editorial in the Lancet (2003;361(9366)).
It also pointed out how slow information-gathering from rural districts and a secretive attitude to national health statistics are problems common to China and are...
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