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Infectious diseases kill 1,360 on Chinese mainland in Oct.


BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Infectious diseases killed 1,360 people on the Chinese mainland in October, the Ministry of Health said Friday.

More than 530,000 infections were registered in the month, including two cholera infections that resulted in no deaths, according to a statement posted on the ministry's website.

Cholera is categorized as a Class A infectious disease -- the most serious class under China's Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.

Nearly 298,000 cases of Class B diseases were reported in the month, with 1,318 of them resulting in death.

Viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, syphilis, dysentery,and gonorrhea were among the five most frequently reported cases in the month, accounting for 96 percent of all Class B cases, the statement said.

The death toll due to Class C disease was 42. The top three Class C diseases were hand-foot-mouth disease, infectious diarrhea and mumps, which accounted for 96 percent of cases in this category.

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