SARS: Unmasking A Crisis

TIME investigates: As SARS rages in China, officials seem more intent on saving face than saving lives

This is the hospital ward China's Ministry of Health doesn't want you to see. Here in the infectious-diseases section of Beijing's You'an Hospital, dozens and dozens of patients with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) are crammed into tiny rooms. "Every single one of us in this building is a SARS patient," says a nurse named Zhang, who worked at the People's Liberation Army Hospital No. 301 until 11 days ago when she was diagnosed with the disease and admitted to You'an. "There are at least 100 SARS patients here, if not several hundred. The conditions here are really bad. We're not...

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