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900,000 TB Cases Reported in China

by Sheela Philomena on March 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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 900,000 TB Cases Reported in China

In China in 2011, around 900,000 cases of tuberculosis were discovered and treated, says health ministry.

The cases included 423,000 infectious cases,

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Xiao Donglou, a health inspector from the ministry, said China was now focusing on HIV-TB co-infections.

He said over 1,700 HIV-TB co-infections were reported last year.

China is also cooperating with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
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Under another programme helped by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the time needed to diagnose a case of drug-resistant tuberculosis has been shortened from six to eight weeks to just six hours using state-of-the-art technology, the official said.

The government last year invested 165 million yuan (about $26 million) in upgradation of 35 tuberculosis hospitals.

Source: IANS
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