Infectious diseases claimed 666 lives in China in October out of
about 418,000 recorded cases, the Ministry of Health said here on
Last month, more than 318,612 cases of A-Class and B-Class
infectious diseases occurred and claimed 660 lives. Of the 98,661
cases of C-Class infectious diseases recorded, there were six
In October, the top five infectious diseases, accounting for
87.54 percent of the total amount of A- and B-Class diseases, were
tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diarrhea, syphilis and gonorrhea.
The top five killers were rabies, tuberculosis, hepatitis B,
AIDS and hepatitis C, according to the ministry.
Infectious diseases in China are classified into three
categories by the country's Law on the Prevention and Treatment of
Accordingly, A-Class infectious diseases include only two
diseases, namely plague and cholera; B-Class infectious diseases
include 25 diseases, such as viral hepatitis and C-Class infectious
diseases include 10 diseases, such as influenza.
(Xinhua News Agency November 13, 2007)