China's Blood Drought

China is running out of willing blood donors as citizens grow wary of the ill effects of donation on their own bodies and question the competence and integrity of the country’s health system. Age-old fears based in traditional medicinal beliefs are being joined by a wide range of new and sometimes outlandish rumors spread across internet message boards. Health officials in several cities and provinces have raised the prospect of a “blood drought,” and are taking action to prevent vital stockpiles from going empty.

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