TAIPEI – On August 6, two new infections of Streptococcus suis and one new death were reported in Sichuan province, China. The number of human infections has risen to 214 cases and the death toll has hit 39.
According to China News Agency, Sichuan’s Health Department announced two new cases of Streptococcus suis. Pi county in Chengdu city and Pengzhou city each had one case diagnosed at a clinic. Shuangliu county in Chengdu city reportedly had one new death who was originally in critical condition. The statement revealed a total of 214 cases, including 44 cases diagnosed by a laboratory, 131 diagnosed at a clinic, and 39 suspected cases. Among the 214 infections, 39 have died, 58 were cured and released from the hospitals, and 117 are in the hospitals with 12 still critically ill.
The 214 cases are spread across various townships including Ziyang, Neijiang, Chengdu, Zigong, Suining, Yibin, Luzhou, Deyang, Leshan, Mianyang, and Nanchong. There have been 36 counties (districts), 132 towns (streets), and 202 villages (community offices) infected in areas.
On August 5, the World Health Organization urged China to examine the infected cases of Streptococcus suis on a wider scale in order to eliminate other possible pathogenetic factors. A few scientists have raised doubts as to the cause of the disease as diagnosed by Chinese officials.