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34 000 die in Chinese quake—but authorities say major disease outbreak avoided

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39587.419317.DB (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1151
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    Thousands of healthcare workers from across China have been deployed in Sichuan province in a bid to treat injuries and help prevent epidemics of infectious disease in survivors of the magnitude 8.0 earthquake that struck on May 12.

    The official death toll on Sunday May 18 was 34 073. More than 245 000 people were reported injured and 52 934 had been admitted to hospital. The Ministry of Health reported that it had dispatched 5850 medical staff to affected townships and that two 400 bed field hospitals had been set up in isolated areas.

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