SHANGHAI — China is showing a greater openness in its response to a new strain of bird flu that has sickened a few dozen people and killed nine.
In the outbreak's epicenter, the Shanghai city government has posted updates on its Twitter-like microblog. Signs are posted in apartment compounds warning residents to watch out for the symptoms of the virus. Hospitals usher patients with high fevers into separate treatment sections.
It's a far cry from a decade ago when Chinese officials silenced reporting a deadly pneumonia known as SARS killed dozens in the south.
The growing openness is winning kudos from international health experts. It reflects lessons learned from SARS and the demands of a more prosperous and educated citizenry for information and its use of social media to get it.