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Serious infectious diseases cases hit record low

SHANGHAI reported a record low of 17,780 cases of serious infectious diseases last year, a 14.44 percent drop from 2009, the Shanghai Health Bureau announced yesterday.

No outbreak of serious infectious diseases and no serious public health events inside the World Expo zone took place last year. All imported cases of infectious diseases and potential epidemics were detected and controlled in a timely manner, health officials said.
There were a total of 13 events involving non-serious infectious diseases, such as measles inside the Expo zone, with 25 patients affected. All received appropriate treatment.

There were 151 cases of infectious diseases involving foreign people last year. The first case of cholera, imported Dengue fever and lyme disease were all detected and treated in time without the diseases spreading, the health bureau said.

The incidence of critically sick patients and deaths were both 50 percent lower than the national level and there was no outbreak of pink eye last year, reflecting the city's improved disease prevention and control capability.

The city also fulfilled the free measles vaccination program for 1.75 million children last year as part of a national project


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