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December diseases kill 1,530

INFECTIOUS diseases claimed 1,530 lives on the Chinese mainland last month, and nearly one third of the deaths were caused by H1N1 influenza, according to the Ministry of Health.

A total of 28,779 H1N1 flu cases were reported on the mainland in December, of which 447 were fatal, said a report posted on the ministry's Website yesterday.

The flu, categorized as a class B infectious disease by the ministry, had killed 659 Chinese as of January 2. More than 120,000 cases had been reported on the mainland, of which 111,057 had recovered.

A total of 331,455 cases of class B infectious diseases were reported on the mainland in December, slightly up from 319,536 the previous month. Of those, 1,305 were fatal.

Viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, H1N1 influenza, syphilis and dysentery were the top five infectious diseases in this category, accounting for 93.8 percent of all cases.

No cases of plague and cholera were reported in December on the mainland. Both diseases are categorized as Class A infectious diseases, the most serious, under China's Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.


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