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Infectious diseases kill 1,397 in Chinese mainland in July

08-11-2010 09:21 BJT

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Health reported 1,397 deaths from infectious diseases on the mainland in July.

Some 750,000 infections were registered last month, including 10 cholera infections, according to a statement released Tuesday by the ministry.

No plague cases or deaths from cholera were reported in July, the statement said.

Plague and cholera are categorized as Class A infectious diseases -- the most serious class under China's Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.

More than 350,000 cases of Class B diseases were also reported in the month, with 1,251 of them resulting in death.

Tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, dysentery, syphilis and gonorrhea were among the five most frequently reported cases in the month, accounting for 94 percent of all Class B cases, the statement said.

The death toll due to Class C disease was 146. The top three Class C diseases were hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD), infectious diarrhea and mumps, which accounted for over 98 percent of cases in this category, the statement said.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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