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New disease outbreaks in China; 12K children infected

BEIJING (AP) — New outbreaks reported Tuesday in three Chinese provinces and Beijing put the number of children infected with hand, foot and mouth disease above 12,000 and the death toll has risen to at least 26 across the country.

The official Xinhua News Agency said outbreaks in southwest Yunnan, the northeastern province of Jilin and the tropical island of Hainan, putting the total number of infections at 12,164.

Image Above: A child suspected of carrying the EV-71 virus receives treatment in a hospital in Hefei in central China's Anhui province Monday May 5, 2008. More than 11,900 children have been reported sick with hand, foot and mouth disease in China, and at least 26 of those cases have died, according to China's Xinhua News Agency. (AP Photo)

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