Cholera Epidmic In China

Cholera Epidmic In China

Cholera epidemic is found to be present in many Asian countries, and China is no different. There are many instances when this epidemic is found to spread in many different areas in China. Very often people in China are infected by cholera due to poor hygiene and living conditions. Many rivers in the country are polluted and are known to be breeding grounds for epidemics including cholera.

In the year 1891, during the cholera epidemic in China, it is reported that people died in thousands. In the year 1946, postwar epidemic spread in China. There were 60 million refugees in China at that time. A cholera epidemic broke in Canton a city of 1 million population at that time. There was only one foreign doctor to fight the epidemic. He could diagnose 162 cases of cholera and the fatality rate was 50 percent. Planes were chartered to chlorinate Canton’s polluted water system.

 In the year 2005, statistics of the China’s Ministry of Health show 42 epidemics of 3,672 cases intestinal infectious diseases including cholera, dysentery, typhoid, paratyphoid and diarrhea between January and May of 2005. Out of the total number of cases, 37 cases were of cholera.

Hainan province in China experienced widespread flooding in October 2008 and this infected the water sources around Danzhou city with cholera bacteria. Approximately 300 cases of cholera were reported from Danzhou city. 70 students of Hainan University located at Haikou developed cholera symptoms and the University was quarantined. The University is located 75 kilometers away from Danzhou city. However, it could not be confirmed whether the two outbreaks were related.

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Cholera Epidmic In China