AIDS Overtakes Hepatitis B as China's Third-Deadliest Major Infectious Disease
February 14, 2006
The Chinese government said Monday that AIDS surpassed hepatitis B as the country's third-deadliest major infectious disease in 2005. TB was China's number-one killer last year, followed by rabies, said the official Xinhua News Agency, citing Health Ministry figures. China's deadliest diseases claimed the lives of 13,185 people in 2005, the ministry said, though it did not say how many died from each disease or how many diseases it counted among the deadliest. That figure likely understates the real number of AIDS deaths. Government figures show 75,000 Chinese have fully developed AIDS, but independent health experts believe the true number is much higher.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.