Hong Kong, China - Peoples Republic of
SHOPKEEPER WEIGHS DRIED ROOT AT CHINESE MEDICINE STORE IN HONG KONG.
A shopkeeper wearing a mask to protect herself against the Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) weighs 'banlangen', a kind of dried plant
root which is often used to treat problems like flu and sore throat,
along with other herbal medicine at a Chinese medicine store in Hong
Kong April 6, 2003. Doctors are presently treating patient with
anti-viral drugs which have side effects like foetal deformation. But
many of the seven million people in Hong Kong, the worst-hit are after
mainland China, are resorting to traditional Chinese medicine, which is
based more on centuries of experience than scientific foundation.