May 9, 2008 1:41 PM

As epidemic hits China, pediatrician becomes a heroine

It's rare that a physician would single-handedly play a crucial role in resolving two big health crises in China, saving untold scores of children's lives. But that's precisely the case with Dr. Liu Xiaolin. Liu figured out four years ago that adulterated infant formula was leaving a trail of dead babies in eastern China. Now she's raised alarm over a mysterious, fatal viral ailment in children.

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