China's A/H1N1 fatality rate accounts for 1/20 world level

10:18, November 16, 2009      

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The fatality rate of A/H1N1 carriers is 0.065 percent in China, accounting 1/20 of world's 1.24 percent average, said Li Lianda, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering said on the Cross-Strait Chinese Medicine Development Conference, held in Beijing on Nov. 14-15.

According to the latest data released by the National Health Administration by Nov. 13, 2009, there were 65,927 confirmed A/H1N1 cases in 31 provinces, with 43 deaths. World Health Organization (WHO) said on Nov. 13 that by Nov. 8, 2009, there were over 500,000 A/H1N1 cases worldwide and at least 6,200 people have died.

Li claimed there are three main reasons contributing to the low fatality rate. First, efficient prevention and control methods help maintain low infection rate in the Chinese mainland. Second, key areas and focused groups were given priority to use the flu vaccine at an early stage, which slowed down its spread. Third, Chinese traditional medicine was very effective in flu control.

Li added that tamilflu was not the best choice for A/H1N1 carriers considering its limitations, including drug resistance, side effects and its high price. On the contrary, Chinese traditional medicine has a noticeable effect; no matter whether patients have light or severe conditions. Chinese traditional therapy has greater effect such as antibacterial, antiviral, pain-relieving, fever-easing and immune system adjusting.

However, Li suggested that China should do more research to bring effective traditional therapy.

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