Mon, September 15, 2008
China > Mainland

Tainted milk powder sickens 1,253 babies in China

2008-09-15 09:48:18 GMT2008-09-15 17:48:18 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The number of infants infected with kidney stones caused by contaminated milk powders had soared to about 1,253 with two dead as of 8 a.m. Monday, said the Ministry of Health here on Monday.

According to the ministry, most of the infections occurred in Hebei, Jiangsu and Gansu provinces, the two deaths both in northwest China's Gansu Province.

Among the 1,253 infected, 53 babies were in a critical condition while a total of 340 were receiving treatments in hospital. The remaining 913 with light symptoms are either receiving treatments outside hospital or already cured, said the ministry at a press conference.

Experts with the Chinese Medical Association said there would be no permanent damages to the children's kidney functions if they receive timely and proper treatments.

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