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Bird Flu Mystery Recalls Chinese SARS Coverup

April 2 (Bloomberg) -- For residents of Nanjing, China, perhaps the only thing worse than learning that the new, apparently virulent strain of H7N9 bird flu had infected someone in their city was learning it via a document leaked to Sina Weibo, China’s most popular Twitter-like microblog, by a hospital administrator.

Unfortunately, that’s precisely the chain of events that took place this morning, just two days after Chinese health authorities announced that they’d confirmed three cases of a new strain of bird flu -- two of which were found in Shanghai and resulted in fatalities. This evening, health authorities in Jiangsu confirmed the Nanjing case and three more, for a total of seven cases.