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Warning virus to get worse

MORE serious and even fatal cases of the A/H1N1 virus are expected on the Chinese mainland as the weather cools and people return to work after the National Day holiday, a Health Ministry spokesman said yesterday.

"China's situation is still rather grim," Deng Haihua told a press conference.

His words came just days after the mainland reported its first death from the disease, an 18-year-old woman in Maizhokunggar County, in Tibet's Lhasa City, who died on October 4.

The virus was spreading from the eastern and southern parts of the country to the west and the north, and from urban areas to the countryside, Deng said.

"With people returning to work after the holiday, we are looking at a strong possibility of mass outbreaks of the disease," he said.

The mainland, which has 22,830 registered cases, is expected to see "constantly" more serious and even fatal attacks, he added.


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