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Zero malaria infection achieved in Shanghai

SHANGHAI achieved the goal of zero malaria infection last year, one year ahead of its schedule, the Shanghai Health Bureau said today, the National Malaria Day.

The city reported 43 cases of malaria last year but about 90 percent of patients caught the disease abroad while the rest were infected in other parts of China.

Shanghai was rife with malaria in the 1960s when the incidence was 3,000 per 100,000 people.

The city began to make efforts in malaria monitoring, health education and endemic control. In the past five years, local incidence of malaria dropped 30 to 40 percent a year.

The health bureau warned local residents to take precautions when traveling to countries where malaria is prevalent.


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