China to publicize epidemic reports from 2004
( 2003-12-30 23:18) (Xinhua)
China's Health Ministry said in
Beijing Tuesday that it will publicize notifiable disease information and
public health emergencies from 2004.
A document released by the ministry on Tuesday said the information to be
publicized will include the occurrence and spread of notifiable diseases as well
as precautionary measures. The ministry will also send out health warnings when
The 27 notifiable diseases covered by the report system are specified in
China's 1989 law on the prevention and control of communicable diseases, and
include the plague, cholera, AIDS and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
The ministry will also publicize information on public health emergencies,
including the number of people infected, cause of the emergency, and
preventative and control measures.
The public can access the ministry's official announcements on its website.
The ministry is obliged keep the public informed of the latest information
during serious public health disasters.
Authorized by the health ministry, provincial health authorities will also
publicize disease information and public health disasters from