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Experts: TB spreads in Net cafes

INTERNET cafes are becoming a major place for the spread of tuberculosis among minors due to poor ventilation and their decreased immunity after playing computer games overnight, Shanghai medical experts warned yesterday ahead of today's World Tuberculosis Day.

Among infectious diseases, tuberculosis is the city's top killer, the Shanghai Health Bureau said, citing a monthly report.

It said China has the second most tuberculosis patients in the world.

A total of 139 people were killed by serious infectious diseases in Shanghai last year, and 44 of them died from TB.

Shanghai registered 3,760 residents with tuberculosis, including 1,988 infective cases last year. Another 3,121 migrants workers were registered as tuberculosis patients last year, including 1,575 infective cases.

Medical experts called for extra awareness of minors infected with tuberculosis since these patients often have unhealthy lifestyles and improper diets.


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