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China moves to tackle iodine deficiency

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7211.659a (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:659
  1. Ted Plafker
  1. Beijing

    China is aiming to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders by the end of the year 2000, although the government estimates that one third of its 1.3 billion people still live in areas where there is a low concentration of iodine in the local water supply.

    Among the latest steps announced in the nationwide campaign was the opening this summer of the National Iodine Deficiency Disorders Reference Laboratory. The laboratory, which is housed at the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine in Beijing, will, as its primary task, provide China's 31 provincial laboratories …

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