China AIDS Death Toll Up Nearly 20,000 In A Year

01/29/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BEIJING (AFP) -- The total number of reported AIDS deaths in China has jumped by nearly 20,000 since an official estimate last year, state media said Monday as Beijing vowed to step up efforts to curb its spread.

Deaths linked to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) since its emergence in China in the 1980s reached 68,315 by the end of October, state television said, citing figures from the health ministry.

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