Central Propaganda Department: Regarding the epidemic situation in Shanghai, give first place to Xinhua wire copy and information issued by authoritative departments. Avoid confusion of information. Report discreetly on related issues, and do not sensationalize them. (April 10, 2013)
The unnamed “epidemic” most likely refers to the H7N9 strain of avian flu, with 38 known cases and 10 deaths so far. A report issued yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the course of the disease in three patients from Shanghai and Anhui Province, who suffered brain damage, multiple organ failure, pneumonia, and septic shock. All three patients died.
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