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Hand, foot and mouth disease kills 10 more

TEN more children had died in a hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak in China's Henan and Shandong provinces as of Sunday, local health authorities said yesterday.

In central China's Henan Province, five more children died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 34, said Zhou Yong, director of the information office with the provincial health department.

The dead were among the 52,012 cases reported in Henan, 924 up from the figure released on April 23.

According to Zhou, 16,159 children have been hospitalized, 14,456 of whom have left hospital.

But the province is still facing challenges as May to July is the peak season for the disease, he warned.

In eastern China's Shandong Province, five more children had died of the disease as of Sunday, bringing the death toll to 27, the Shandong health department said.

The province reported 34,585 cases, 5,447 of whom are still in hospital, including 987 in serious condition.


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