HANGZHOU, Oct. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- A total of 158 cases of cholera had been confirmed
as of Oct. 8 in Jiaxing, a city in east China's Zhejiang Province,
since Aug. 25 when the first case was found, local health authorities said
Sunday, adding that no deaths had been reported.
Most of the patients were only slightly affected by the waterborne disease,
with the syndrome of painless diarrhea and vomiting but no fever, sources with
the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Health said.
The sources said 72 patients remained hospitalized.
Autumn is a popular season for such acute intestinal epidemics as cholera, typhoid
fever and diarrhea. In addition, Jiaxing is an area which is
interconnected with waters and has also been a popular area for intestinal
Local health authorities attributed the outbreak of cholera this year mainly
to unclean drinking water and unclean diets. They suggested people pay
more attention to personal hygiene to preventthe disease. Enditem