BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhua) -- China is "very likely"
to have its first death from the A/H1N1 influenza in the foreseeable future, as
the number of the flu cases rises in the country, a health ministry official
said here Monday.
"The number of imported cases of the A/H1N1 flu is
expected to continue to increase in the near future, and more local people will
be infected by the virus," Liang Wannian, vice director of the emergency office
under the Health Ministry, said at a press conference.
As the total number of infected people increases, the
chances of medical workers and high-risk groups, such as pregnant women and
people with chronic diseases, being infected will rise, making serious cases of
the A/H1N1 flu or even fatalities "extremely possible," he said.
According to Liang, a collective occurrence of the
disease or a regional outbreak of the influenza was "inevitable at this point."
"The possibility of a wide spread of the virus in
China in autumn and winter is also becoming more likely," he said, adding that
the virus was spreading at much higher speed than when it first entered China.
The Chinese mainland reported a total of 729 A/H1N1
flu cases as of 6 p.m. on June 28, with no serious cases or fatalities so far.
Among the infected, 401 people had recovered.
Most the of the country's A/H1N1 cases were
"imported" cases from other countries, according to Liang. The virus, which
infects mainly people under 30 in China, had not shown obvious mutation yet.
The Ministry of Health would focus on schools and
local communities to contain the virus, and may adjust its strategies in
accordance with the patterns of the disease in the country, Liang said.
He also said China would stock more than 13 million
A/H1N1 influenza vaccines by the end of September this year as its national
reserve, but added that these vaccines would not be on sale on the market.
Chinese mainland confirms 766 A/H1N1 cases, no fatality reported
BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Another 37 new cases of A/H1N1 flu were confirmed on the Chinese mainland in the 24 hours ending 6 p.m. Monday, bringing the country's total to 766 with no fatalities reported.
Thirteen new cases were found in Shanghai, and seven each for Beijing Municipality and coastal Guangdong Province, according to a news bulletin posted on the Web site of the Health Ministry on Monday. Full story
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