China milk scandal: 5,800 infants still in hospital

October 16th, 2008 - 1:28 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Oct 15 (Xinhua) More than 5,800 infants are still receiving treatment in hospitals across China for kidney diseases caused by the country’s worst toxic milk scandal, the health ministry said Wednesday.Though no child died last month due to kidney-related problems, six of the 5,824 infants still in hospitals are in serious condition, the ministry said in a press release.

The deaths reported so far have occurred between May and August, the statement said.

More than 43,000 children have recovered medical treatment since the milk powder produced by dairy firm Sanlu Group was found containing the banned chemical melamine in September, the statement said.

Later inspection involved several other dairy producers.

On Wednesday, 203 children were hospitalized and 764 recovered, the statement said.

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