- Dr Ai Fen was the first doctor to alert other colleagues about a SARS-like disease
- Her text led her co-worker Dr Li Wenliang to raise the concerns on social media
- Dr Ai said she faced ‘unprecedented, extremely harsh reprimand’ after sharing
- She gave interview criticising hospital and then went missing, reports suggest
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
A Wuhan doctor who was among the first to alert other medics to the spread of coronavirus has disappeared sparking concerns that she has been detained, reports suggest.
Dr Ai Fen said she faced ‘unprecedented, extremely harsh reprimanded’ by officials at Wuhan Central Hospital after she shared a picture of a patient report labelled ‘SARS coronavirus’.
The image was widely circulated and made its way to whistle-blower Li Wenliang who raised the alarm about the bug, which has killed more than 41,000 people worldwide.
Dr Li was reprimanded by authorities for ‘illegally spreading untruthful information online’.
Dr Ai gave an interview to a Chinese magazine criticising the hospital’s management for dismissing the early warnings of the coronavirus but has not been seen since, 60 Minutes Australia reported.