15 Apr '11, 2am

Death of 25-yr-old female auditor in Shanghai sparks debate on whether overwork threatens workers' health. Does it?

SHANGHAI - THE death of a 25-year-old female employee with the Shanghai office of PricewaterhouseCoopers on April 10 has led to intense discussions over whether overwork threatens the health of white-collar workers. Ms Pan Jie, a junior auditor of the company, died last Sunday after contracting a case of acute cerebral meningitis that had developed from a flu virus, according to local media. On March 31, Ms Pan wrote on her micro blog: 'Whenever there's a chance to take a break, a fever comes.' On April 1, she wrote that her white blood cell count had fallen dangerously low to 1,800. There is no clear evidence linking Ms Pan's death to her work at the company - except for her micro blog. Before her death, she had turned to the Internet frequently to complain about feeling tired and about her poor health, conditions she believed resulted from overwork. Ms Pan's death caused...

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