People stand under a freestanding green umbrella which protects them from the rain; representing the protection conferred by the Infectious Diseases Prevention and Cure Law (Revised) in China in 2004. Colour lithograph, 2004.
- Beijing (China). Wei sheng ju.
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The people under the umbrella include a father and son, a mother and daughter, a young mother talking on a mobile phone, two teenagers and a woman healthcare worker. All wear the then fashionable American-style clothes and hairstyles. The law was introduced in the wake of the SARS outbreak to etablish new procedures both for doctors and the public to take in respect of notification and isolation of cases in the event of epidemics of SARS, influenza, bird flu, meningitis, AIDS etc.
[Beijing] : Beijing Shi Wei sheng ju, 
1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 76.5 x 52.4 cm
Wellcome Library no. 659140i
Top, the name of the law (Chuan ran bing fang zhi fa) and date of implementation (1 December 2004). Below, cursive Chinese characters equivalent to "Prevent and treat infectious diseases to protect the people's health". The raindrops bear the Chinese names of infectious diseases: top row, dysentery and SARS; second row, tuberculosis, hemorrhagic (haemorrhagic) fever (e.g. dengue), measles, influenza; bottom row, avian influenza, meningitis, and HIV/AIDS. The name of the law is repeated on the umbrella in cursive script