CHINA Hydatid disease effectively contained thanks to thorough screening, free treatment in Tibet

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Hydatid disease effectively contained thanks to thorough screening, free treatment in Tibet

Xinhua

12:08, January 02, 2021

A doctor operates on a hydatid disease patient at Lhasa People's Hospital in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Dec. 31, 2020. Hydatid disease, or echinococcosis, a parasitic disease caused by tapeworm, is a problem for residents of herding areas in western China. Without treatment, the death rate of the disease is as high as 94 percent. As a major pastoral area, Tibet Autonomous Region reports one of the world's highest frequencies of echinococcosis infections. The disease had been a major cause of poverty for many rural residents in Tibet. To contain transmission of the disease, around 500 medical experts from across the country have been sent to the region since 2016. Together with 3,000 medical support staff, they investigated every household in the region. Any patient diagnosed with hydatid disease now benefit from free care at designated hospitals across the region. A total of 5,057 patients have received surgery over the past four years. Thanks to thoro

Doctors check the CT image of a hydatid disease patient before operation at Lhasa People's Hospital in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Dec. 31, 2020. Hydatid disease, or echinococcosis, a parasitic disease caused by tapeworm, is a problem for residents of herding areas in western China. Without treatment, the death rate of the disease is as high as 94 percent. As a major pastoral area, Tibet Autonomous Region reports one of the world's highest frequencies of echinococcosis infections. The disease had been a major cause of poverty for many rural residents in Tibet. To contain transmission of the disease, around 500 medical experts from across the country have been sent to the region since 2016. Together with 3,000 medical support staff, they investigated every household in the region. Any patient diagnosed with hydatid disease now benefit from free care at designated hospitals across the region. A total of 5,057 patients have received surgery over the past f

Doctors operate on a hydatid disease patient at Lhasa People's Hospital in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Dec. 31, 2020. Hydatid disease, or echinococcosis, a parasitic disease caused by tapeworm, is a problem for residents of herding areas in western China. Without treatment, the death rate of the disease is as high as 94 percent. As a major pastoral area, Tibet Autonomous Region reports one of the world's highest frequencies of echinococcosis infections. The disease had been a major cause of poverty for many rural residents in Tibet. To contain transmission of the disease, around 500 medical experts from across the country have been sent to the region since 2016. Together with 3,000 medical support staff, they investigated every household in the region. Any patient diagnosed with hydatid disease now benefit from free care at designated hospitals across the region. A total of 5,057 patients have received surgery over the past four years. Thanks to thoroug

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