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Two suspect Chinese firms sent milk powder to Bangladesh, Myanmar

Beijing - Two Chinese firms where tests found tainted milk products had exported baby formula milk powder to five countries including Bangladesh and Myanmar, the government said on Wednesday.

The Suokang and Yashili companies had started to recall their exported milk powder products, which were also sent to Yemen, Burundi and Gabon, said Li Changjiang, the head of the State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

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Third baby dies from contaminated milk formula in China

KidneyBeijing - Three babies have died, 158 children have developed "serious kidney problems" while 6,244 infants were sickened by baby formula spiked with a toxic chemical, Chinese officials said Wednesday.

The third baby to die from the melamine-contaminated baby formula is from south-eastern Zhejiang province, Health Minister Chen Zhu told a press conference Wednesday morning. The first two babies five and eight months old, were from north-west Gansu province.

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Two more arrests made in China over tainted baby formula

Two more arrests made in China over tainted baby formula Beijing  - Two more milk dealers were arrested in China, bringing the total to four, after two babies died and 1,253 were sickened by baby formula spiked with a toxic chemical, the official Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.

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Two Chinese babies dead after consuming tainted milk powder

Beijing, Sept. 15 : Two Chinese infants have died after consuming contaminated milk powder.

A Xinhua report said that they were 1,253 babies infected with kidney stones after taking contaminated milk powders.

Health Ministry sources were quoted by the agency as saying that most of the infections occurred in Hebei, Jiangsu and Gansu provinces.

The two deaths took place in Gansu Province, they added.

Among the 1,253 infected, 53 babies are still in a critical state, while 340 were receiving treatment in various hospitals.

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New Zealand dairy giant presses China on contaminated baby formula

Wellington - New Zealand's giant dairy farmer cooperative said Sunday it was seeking a meeting with the Chinese government to discuss contaminated baby formula, sold by a company it partly owns which has reportedly made at least 432 infants ill.

The powder, made by the SanLu Group, which is 43 per cent owned by Fonterra, is contaminated with melamine, a toxin found in fertilizers and cleaning products, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported.

All the sick babies have developed kidney stones and officials said one death had been reported.

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Chinese teens getting hooked to cosmetic surgery

New Delhi, July 23 : With the whole world on a mission to look good, China’ s teenage kids are no far behind. According to a new Chinese research, a large number of middle school students are undergoing cosmetic surgery this summer vacation.

According to the local Nanfang Daily, doctors have warned that such procedures are extremely inadvisable for teens because these youngsters are still growing.

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China reports 43rd child death from HFMD

Beijing  - Health officials on Friday said a 22-month-old girl in the eastern province of Jiangxi died from virally transmitted hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD), China's 43rd confirmed child death from HFMD this year.

The girl died in hospital in Jiangxi's Ganzhou city on Thursday and laboratory tests showed that she was infected with the enterovirus EV71, which is the most common cauase of HFMD infections in China.

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Official warns of plague risk in quake-razed Chinese towns

ChinaBeijing - Thousands of bodies rotting under rubble after the devastating earthquake in south-western China's Sichuan province could cause plague outbreaks if they are not buried quickly, state media on Friday quoted a local official as saying.

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Beijing reports China's 40th child death from HFMD

Beijing  - Health officials in Beijing on Wednesday reported the city's first death from a virally transmitted hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD), which infected some 27,500 children in China this year.

The child in Beijing's Chaoyang district died on the way to hospital on Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency quoted Deng Xiaohong, a spokeswoman of the Beijing Health Bureau, as saying.

The new death is the first in Beijing this year and raises the death toll from HFMD in China to 40 for 2008.

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HFMD kills five more Chinese children, death toll hits 39

HFMD kills five more Chinese children, death toll hits 39Beijing- The death toll from a virally transmitted hand- foot-mouth disease (HFMD) in China rose to 39 Monday as the government reported the deaths of five more children in three provinces.

But the health ministry said the epidemic had been brought under control and that more children were being discharged from hospitals, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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Hand, foot and mouth toll rises to 34 in China

Beijing  - At least 34 children have died in an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in China as the total number of infections has risen to 25,000, the official news agency Xinhua reported Friday.

The toll rose with two more deaths in the eastern province of Anhui in the north-western city of Bozhou and its capital, Hefei, but the worst-hit city, Fuyang, was seeing its wave of infections recede as more hand, foot and mouth patients were being released from hospital as were being admitted, the Health Ministry told Xinhua.

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New Zealand warns against Chinese herbal tea

Wellington (dpa) - New Zealand's Food Safety Authority warned consumers Thursday not to eat seeds in a Chinese herbal tea made from the plant abrus cantoniensis, which is also known as Canton love pea or herba abri, saying they were toxic.

It said the tea, sold in Asian supermarkets and Eastern medicine outlets under various brand names, including Heng Ming, was being withdrawn from sale and recalled by the importer.

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Child virus death toll hits 28; WHO backs China's controls

Beijing - The death toll from a virally transmitted hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) that has infected 16,000 children rose to 28 on Wednesday as the World Health Organization said it was satisfied with China's efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

"China has the capacity, both at the central and local level, to control this disease," Hans Troedsson, the WHO representative in China, told reporters.

Troedsson said Chinese health ministry measures to improve surveillance, raise public awareness and educate health workers were "already starting to have effect".

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China's suspected child virus cases rise to 9,700; 26 deaths

Beijing  - The number of suspected cases of a virally transmitted hand-foot-mouth disease among Chinese children has risen to 9,729, including 26 deaths, state media said on Monday.

At least 1,010 infections were reported in Beijing but a World Health Organization official said the spread of the disease was unlikely to influence the Beijing Olympics in August as only young children were infected, Xinhua news agency said.

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Toll in hand, foot and mouth outbreak in Chinese city rises to 21

Beijing - Hand, Foot and Mouth DiseaseThe death of another child brought the death toll from an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in an eastern Chinese city to 21 as nearly 3,000 children have been infected, the official news agency Xinhua reported Friday.

Gao Kaiyan, director of the Anhui Provincial Health Department, told Xinhua that 2,946 children had been sickened as of Friday morning in Fuyang in Anhui province.

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Beijing imposes smoking ban ahead of Olympics

Beijing imposes smoking ban ahead of OlympicsBeijing  - Beijing's ban on smoking in public areas, part of the city's pledge to hold a smoke-free Olympics, went into effect Thursday.

Smoking will not be allowed in schools, hospitals and government offices. The ban applies to all Olympic venues including indoor and outdoor stadiums At hotels, restaurants, parks and bars are required to provide smoking and no-smoking areas.

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Hand, foot and mouth infections rise to 1,884 in Chinese city

Beijing - Hand, Foot and Mouth infectionsThe number of infections has risen to at least 1,884 in an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease that has killed 20 children in an eastern Chinese city, the official news agency Xinhua reported Wednesday.

However, no new deaths have been reported in the past five days in Fuyang in Anhui province, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention told the agency.

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Nearly 1,200 children sickened, 20 dead from virus in eastern China

Beijing  - The number of children sickened by a severe form of hand, foot and mouth disease in an eastern Chinese city has risen to nearly 1,200 with 20 children dying from the virus, the official news agency Xinhua said Tuesday.

A total of 1,179 other children have become ill from enterovirus 71 since an outbreak began at the start of March in Fuyang in Anhui province, it said, citing the municipal government.

As of Sunday night, 341 children were in hospital with 27 in critical condition and eight terminally ill, the government said.

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Hand, foot and mouth kills 19 children in eastern Chinese city

Beijing  - Nineteen children have died and 789 fallen ill with hand, food and mouth disease in an eastern Chinese city, the official news agency Xinhua reported Monday.

The outbreak of the severe strain of the disease, enterovirus 71, began at the start of March in Fuyang in Anhui province, the city's health department said.

The children remaining in hospital number 204 and four were in critical condition, it said.

All the patients are under 6 and most are under 2.

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Central China confirms new human bird flu case

New Delhi, Feb. 19: Central China confirms new human bird flu caseChina's Ministry of Health has confirmed a human case of H5N1 bird flu in the central Hunan Province.

A 22-year-old man surnamed Li in Jianghua County, Yongzhou City, suffered fever and headache on January 16 and was hospitalised on January 22. His symptoms worsened despite treatment, Xinhua reports.

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