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City hospitals join fight to rid China of malaria

SHANGHAI is taking part in a national program to eliminate malaria in China by 2020.

From this month, local hospitals will test all patients suspected of having the disease, or who have a fever, for the malaria parasite.

People arriving in the city from countries or regions where malaria is endemic will be checked and given information leaflets. Anyone with a fever will be sent to hospital for a blood test, officials from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention told a meeting in the city yesterday.

Shanghai Health Bureau officials said training was launched in July in malaria identification, diagnosis and treatment and to raise health staff's awareness of malaria, the incidence of which has been lower than one in every 100,000 for some 20 years in Shanghai.

China reported some 14,000 cases of malaria last year, 46.6 percent lower than 2008.

The standard for malaria elimination is no local infection for at least three years.

"Timely detection and separation of malaria patients can effectively prevent the disease spreading," said Zhou Xiaonong, of the disease control center.

"Malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and snail fever are the four major infectious diseases in China. Eliminating malaria is very meaningful to China and the world," said Zhou.

Health officials and experts from 12 countries were at yesterday's meeting organized by the World Health Organization and China's National Center for Drug Screening in Shanghai.

Twenty-four provinces and municipalities are involved in China's malaria elimination plan between now and 2020.


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