More than 4.6 million epidemic cases were reported and 10,726
people died of epidemics on the Chinese mainland in 2006, according
to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diarrhea, syphilis and gonorrhea
accounted for more than 85 percent of the diseases reported, while
88 percent of the people who died were victims of tuberculosis,
rabies, AIDS, hepatitis B, and cerebrospinal meningitis, said an
No pandemic broke out last year but regional epidemics were
found, according to the report, citing the outbreak of
cerebrospinal meningitis in Guizhou, measles in Jilin, Heilongjiang
and Hainan, typhoid in Yunnan and Xinjiang, and malaria in Anhui
No incidences of SARS or poliomyelitis were found in 2006, it
But the number of malaria cases rose 50.9 percent and
cerebrospinal meningitis cases went up 49.1 percent.
Hepatitis C cases increased by 32.8 percent, while syphilis
cases were up 31.6 percent. Respiratory diseases and intestinal
diseases were down 11 percent and 8 percent respectively.
Eight people died of avian flu out of the 12 cases reported in
nine provinces and autonomous regions last year, said the
There were 1,119,976 reported cases of less severe illnesses,
such as dysentery, mumps, influenza, rubella, and conjunctivitis,
resulting in 103 deaths.
(Xinhua News Agency February 14, 2007)