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Chinese mainland reports 838 infectious disease fatalities in February
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21:16, March 11, 2009

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China had 838 deaths from infectious diseases in the mainland in February, the Ministry of Health said Tuesday.

It said there were 326,145 cases of Class B infectious diseases, with 827 deaths. Tuberculosis, hepatitis B, syphilis, hepatitis C and diarrhea were the top five killers, accounting for more than 90 percent of the reported cases, according to the ministry.

No cases of SARS, polio, bird flu or diphtheria were reported.

Of the 58,211 cases of Class C infectious diseases, 11 were fatal.

Plague and cholera are categorized as Class A infectious diseases, the most serious category, under China's Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.

Class B diseases include 25 ailments such as viral hepatitis and Class C includes 10 diseases, such as influenza.

Source: Xinhua

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