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Govt to curb emerging infectious diseases

    BEIJING, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese representatives attending an APEC symposium here Tuesday called for joint efforts to control and prevent emerging infectious diseases in the Asia-Pacific region.

    While a number of epidemics that ADV_CONTENTwere put under control in the past have made a come-back, some new infectious diseases have emerged, said China's Vice Minister of Health Chen Xiaohong, noting that over 40 new diseases have emerged over the past three decades.

    An international monitoring and warning mechanism should be setup in the Asia-Pacific region for the purpose, Chen said.

    Chinese President Hu Jintao raised a proposal at the 13th APEC leaders informal meeting in November 2005, that China would like to host this symposium, so as to promote cooperation on curbing emerging diseases among APEC members. Enditem

Editor: Wang Nan
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