China's Ministry of Health on Tuesday warned of rising cases of infectious intestinal diseases and urged health workers and the public to step up preventive measures.
The incidence of infectious intestinal diseases in Chinese mainland in June rose by 29.56 percent from May, resulting in 65,669 cases and 21 deaths, said the ministry in its monthly epidemic report.
The warm weather usually coincided with a high prevalence of intestinal diseases, and health authorities needed to strengthen surveillance, reporting and control of outbreaks, as well as food safety supervision.
More publicity in advocating healthy dining and hygiene was also needed, the ministry said.
The ministry recorded 623 deaths from infectious diseases in June, 21 more than the previous month.
The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) was the highest of all reported infectious diseases on the mainland in June, followed by hepatitis B, bacillary and amoebic dysentery, syphilis and gonorrhea.
Rabies, TB, AIDS, hepatitis B and infant tetanus were the top five major causes of death by infectious disease last month.
The country's law on prevention of infectious diseases stipulates that 27 diseases must be reported, including cholera, viral hepatitis, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), AIDS and avian influenza.
One human case bird flu was reported in June. China has recorded 19 human infections including 12 deaths.