Infectious diseases in China kill 1,639 in November

Infectious diseases in China killed 1,639 people in November, according to a report by state-run news agency Xinhua, which also said National Health and Family Planning Commission figures showed that 519,285 people tested positive for infectious diseases. "Of the total, 285,086 cases were Class B infectious diseases, which resulted in 1,634 deaths," Xinhua reported, adding that hepatitis, tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea and schistosomiasis accounted for 90% of the Class B cases. So-called Class C diseases infected 234,199 people and accounted for 5 deaths with foot-and-mouth disease, infectious diarrhea, and mumps considered the most "prevalent" in the Class C category. The report also said the commission reported that no cases of Class A diseases like plague or cholera were reported. Report