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Life span improves for Shanghainese

SHANGHAINESE are living longer, with an average life span of 81.73 years in 2009, creating a new record after 2008's 81.28, said Shanghai Health Bureau today.

The life span for registered men was 79.42 years, up from the previous year's 79.06 years, and 84.06 years for women, up from 83.5 years.

The maternal mortality rate last year was 9.61 in every 100,000, close to the average in developed countries for the first time. The death rate of infants was 6.58 in every 1,000.

Life span, maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate are the three major data reflecting a country or a region's medical service standard and people's health situation. "All three data in Shanghai were in line with developed countries," said Xu Jianguang, director of Shanghai Health Bureau.

The incidence of severe infectious diseases last year was 195.37 in every 100,000 people last year, the lowest level in history.


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