The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has provided evidence suggesting that the rise in respiratory illnesses in the country is not caused by a new pathogen, World Health Organization (WHO) officials claim.
Earlier this month, Chinese authorities from the National Health Commission reported an increase in respiratory diseases in China, prompting the WHO to press the CCP for data on the outbreak.
The WHO claims that Chinese health officials have successfully linked the rise in illnesses among children to known pathogens.
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Specifically, officials attribute the infection scores to respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, influenza and Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
The WHO will continue to monitor the situation in China, but experts do not believe the illnesses are linked to new pathogens, despite earlier concerns.
The WHO requested information from China on Wednesday as several groups, including the Emerging Diseases Monitoring Program, reported clusters undiagnosed pneumonia in children in northern China.
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The WHO has advised people in China to follow measures to reduce the spread of such diseases, including getting vaccinated, keeping a distance from those who are sick, staying home when sick and wearing masks when necessary.
China’s National Health Commission, in a written question and answer published online by the official Xinhua news agency, suggested Thursday that children with mild symptoms “first visit to primary health care institutions or pediatric departments of general hospitals” because large hospitals are crowded and have long waiting times.
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Scientists outside China said conditions should be monitored but were not concerned that the increase was a sign of a new global epidemic.