Paratyphoid fever outbreak ends in south China with last patient discharged from hospital

19:22, November 24, 2010      

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All 113 patients quarantined for paratyphoid fever in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have recovered and been discharged from hospital, bringing an end to the outbreak, local authorities said Wednesday.

A three-year-old child surnamed Meng returned home Wednesday morning from a hospital in Luocheng Mulam Autonomous County, where the outbreak occurred, according to a statement from the county's publicity department.

Meng was the last of the patients to be released from quarantine.

The county has stepped up efforts to prevent the disease in schools, hospitals and other public facilities.

No cases have been reported since Nov. 6.

Cases of paratyphoid type A fever were first reported in late September and surged in October. Most patients were students.

Paratyphoid fever is caused by drinking or eating contaminated water or food. Though the disease is similar to typhoid fever, its symptoms are usually less severe, which include a sustained fever, headache and abdominal pain.

Paratyphoid type A is caused by bacterium Salmonella paratyphi A infections. It can spread person-to-person and may lead to intestinal ailments.



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