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500 seek medical help

MEDICAL stations inside the World Expo zone received nearly 500 patients in the five previews in the last week, none of them with life-threatening problems.

One third of the people were injured in falls or bumps. Some had belly aches or diarrhea because they didn't have breakfast or meals in time while walking around the zone or queuing.

Shanghai Health Bureau officials said they expect medical stations to get busier when weather gets warmer, reminding visitors to have breakfast, wear comfortable shoes, and mind their steps if it rains.

The elderly and children should stay out of crowded pavilions and chronic patients ought to take medicines with them while visiting the Expo, officials added.

To keep the Expo healthy, the bureau is requiring businesses and hospitals to report within two hours if they detect one or more serious infectious diseases. If they see two or more unknown cases with similar symptoms in the same community, school or construction site, they must report that within two weeks.


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