Chlamydia Linked to Chinese Outbreak
February 20, 2003
A strain of chlamydia -- one not transmitted through sexual contact -- may have caused an illness that since November has killed at least five people and sickened as many as 305 people with pneumonia in southern China, authorities said Wednesday. An unnamed official at the Guangdong Provincial Disease Control and Prevention Center said the pneumonia chlamydia strain, typically spread through secretions from the respiratory tract, was found in two specimens taken from people who died. He added that the specimens were still being examined and analyzed. Another official acknowledged that some experts disagree with the diagnosis and the conclusion could have been rushed by politics and public panic. Last week, panic in the Guangdong province reached fever pitch as residents rushed to buy up medicine and supplies and began wearing protective masks. China's Health Ministry says that the problem is under control and no new cases have been reported since February 10.Adapted from:
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.