Xinhua: Senior health official: meningitis cases in China normal

From Xinhua – English:

The present meningitis cases in China are just “normal and sporadic” and Chinese people need not feel panic, China’s Executive Vice-Minister of Health Gao Qiang said here Saturday.

Of the total 258 cases in 28 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities of China in January, 49 were found in 21 counties and districts of east China’s Anhui Province, 30 cases in 23 counties and districts of central China’s Henan Province, 19 cases in 17 counties and districts of north China’s Hebei Province, 16 cases respectively in Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces.

The rest 128 were scattered in 23 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, with each reporting less than 10 cases, statistics released by the Health Ministry show.

Gao said the disease will not affect the ordinary activities of people during the Lunar New Year. “It’s sporadic and no severer than previous years for the time being,” he said.

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