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Correspondence: Prof Zunyou Wu, National Centre for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 Nanwei Road, Beijing 100050, China, wuzy@263.net

We thank Liping Wang for assistance in preparation of figures, Michael Phillips, and Roger Detels for their valuable comments, and Naomi Juniper for assistance with the editing.

Disclosures: We declare that we have no conflict of interest.


Research Funding:

This paper received support from the China Multidisciplinary AIDS Prevention Training Programme, and US National Institutes of Health research grant (U2R TW06918) funded by the Fogarty International Center, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institutes of Mental Health.


  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Medicine, General & Internal
  • General & Internal Medicine
  • Streptococcus-suis
  • Avian influenza
  • SARS
  • Bats
  • Coronaviruses
  • Transmission
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  • Virus

Health system reform in China 2 Emergence and control of infectious diseases in China


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Volume 372, Number 9649


, Pages 1598-1605

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Infectious diseases remain the major causes of morbidity and mortality in China despite substantial progress in their control. China is a major contributor to the worldwide infectious disease burden because of its population size. The association of China with the rest of the world through travel and trade means that events in the country can affect distant populations. The ecological interaction of people with animals in China favours the emergence of new microbial threats. The public-health system has to be prepared to deal with the challenges of newly emerging infectious diseases and at the same time try to control existing diseases. To address the microbial threats, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome, the government has committed substantial resources to the implementation of new strategies, including the development of a real-time monitoring system as part of the infectious-disease surveillance. This strategy can serve as a model for worldwide surveillance and response to threats from infectious diseases.

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