Infectious diseases claim 17,315 lives on Chinese mainland

The Chinese Ministry of Health announced on Friday that infectious diseases killed 17,315 people in total across the Chinese mainland in 2012, an increase from the 15,802 killed in 2011.

The most deadly disease on the Chinese mainland was AIDS with 11,575 fatal cases in 2012, up from 9,224 the previous year. There were 41,929 reported cases of AIDS last year, Xinhua reports.

The six most deadly infectious diseases on the Chinese mainland last year were AIDS, tuberculosis, rabies, viral hepatitis, hand-foot-mouth disease and epidemic hemorrhagic fever.

Tuberculosis caused 2,662 deaths last year, followed by 1,361 deaths caused by rabies, 747 by viral hepatitis and 104 from epidemic hemorrhagic fever. The number of tuberculosis, rabies, viral hepatitis and epidemic hemorrhagic fever deaths dropped from 2011. There were 567 fatalities caused by hand-foot-mouth disease.

Overall, there were seven million cases of infectious diseases on the Chinese mainland in 2012.

Approximately 3.7 million cases were classified as Class C infectious diseases, including hand-foot-mouth disease. Class C infections caused 594 fatalities overall.

There were 3.2 million Class B infectious disease cases, including viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, syphilis, dysentery and gonorrhea. Class B infections caused the most fatalities with 16,720 in total.

There were fewer class A infections, a category which includes cholera and bubonic plague. Cholera caused 75 infections and no fatalities on the mainland. Bubonic plague claimed one victim, according to Xinhua.