Infectious Diseases Killed 1,600 in China

BEIJING, Sept. 10 (UPI) — Infectious diseases killed almost 1,600 people in mainland China in August, the country’s Ministry of Health says.

A statement from the ministry said about 590,000 infections were reported during the month, including 63 cholera infections, Xinhua reported Friday.

Thirty-eight of the cholera infections were in eastern Anhui Province, where local residents blamed poor hygiene awareness and street food stalls for the outbreak.

And a cholera outbreak in eastern Jiangsu Province left 19 high school students ill, officials said.

Authorities said they were working to trace the source of that outbreak.

Cholera is categorized as a Class A infectious disease, the most serious class under China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Xinhua said.

Class B infectious diseases, including viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, dysentery, syphilis and gonorrhea, were among the five most frequently reported cases in August, the ministry statement said.

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