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Rabies tops "most infectious" diseases in China

Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:29am ET
BEIJING (Reuters) - Rabies has killed more people in China than either tuberculosis or AIDS in each of the last five months, state media reported on Monday, prompting a crackdown in the capital to control unregistered dogs.

Pet dogs were shunned in the days of Mao Zedong as a symbol of bourgeois decadence but have become increasingly popular in the last decade with improved living standards.

But steep registration fees and poor education levels have fueled an explosion in unregistered and wild dogs in Chinese cities.

Rabies killed 318 people in China in September alone, up 36.9 percent on a year earlier, the Shanghai Daily said, citing Health Ministry figures.
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-10-
23T052948Z_01_PEK96118_RTRUKOC_0_US-CHINA-RABIES.xml&WTmodLoc=Home-C5-healthNews-3

Aids Spreads in China "Like Africa"

Oct 18, 2006 —
By Tan Ee Lyn — Interview
BEIJING (Reuters) - AIDS in China has spread beyond high risk groups such as injecting drug users, prostitutes and homosexuals and the country is becoming "like Africa" in how the virus is transmitted, a senior health official says.

"There are 190 new HIV infections every day … and in some high-prevalence areas, nearly one percent of pregnant women are infected with HIV," said Hao Yang, deputy director general of the bureau of diseases prevention and control at the Ministry of Health.

"That is a very high percentage. It is a generalized epidemic," he told Reuters in an interview.

"We're now like Africa. Last year, we found that 48 percent of those who were newly infected contracted the disease from sex, so it's not a disease that afflicts only high-risk groups."

Africa has the world's highest number of HIV/AIDS sufferers and the virus is spread mostly through heterosexual sex.

To combat the problem, it is now mandatory for all entertainment spots in China to make condoms available and methadone clinics have mushroomed all over the country to help drug addicts kick the habit.

Hao said for China's 650,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, first-line drugs had managed to prolong lives but some sufferers were beginning to develop resistance — partly because they are unaware of the importance of keeping to strict drug regimens.

The HIV virus mutates rapidly and patients who fail to take antiretroviral drugs in the right amounts or at the right time will soon develop resistance — something that is happening all- too-frequently in China, activists say.

"So many patients are just taking the drugs haphazardly. Doctors have to spend time to explain to patients how crucial it is to keep to the regimens if they want to preserve their lives," said Meng Lin, an AIDS activist in Beijing.

He added that some 60 village doctors were gathered in Beijing this week to listen to the needs of people living with HIV at a forum organized by the World Health Organization.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=2581451


NEVER trust Chinese medicines!!

Most of them do not work and are only
meant to get your money. Buf if they work, they are even more
dangerous: I have seen reports of Chinese medicine with cortisones
(costeroids). They can give a terrible rebound effect and may make
your psoriasis worse! Never believe sombody who claims to have the
answers and acts as if things are secret.

The only thing that will disappear is your money. And your faith in
people.

And I would not be surprised if that CyberPhobia turns out to be the
owner of a Chinese medicine website whos wants to promote his garbage
this way. This would not be the first time!
http://gyxe.com/skin-diseases/37-332-chinese-medicine-treatment-read.shtml


Ignorance breeds leper colonies in China

Wed Sep 13, 2006 8:33am ET
By Tan Ee Lyn

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Despite advances in treatment, China has hundreds of "leper colonies" because of deep-rooted ignorance about the disease, medical experts say.

So strong is the stigma that children have been abandoned, while others are deprived of proper care because their parents are concerned their extended family may be ostracized.

"One recovered leper I know was sent away by his parents for medical help. When he recovered, he wanted to go home but his family wouldn't take him back and told him to remain in his village," said Michael Chen of Handa, a non-governmental group that looks after people who have recovered from leprosy.

"What he was most sad about was his mother wouldn't even see him at her death. He has been living in the colony now for over 40 years."
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=healthNews&
storyID=2006-09-13T123432Z_01_T176175_RTRUKOC_0_US-CHINA-LEPROSY.xml&archived=False