More than half of 1.4 billion Chinese infected with H pylori; separate dining encouraged even at home
By Xu Keyue Source: Global Times Published: 2020/12/16 22:33:33
According to statistics, more than half of Chinese, about 700 million, have been infected with the helicobacter pylori (H pylori), which is mainly transmitted through the mouth and many patients have developed a drug resistance, media reports said on Wednesday.
H. pylori is a type of bacteria which can enter human bodies and live in the digestive tract. After years, they can cause ulcers, in the lining of the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine. For some people, an infection can lead to stomach cancer.
H. pylori infections are common and there are medicines that can kill the germs and help sores heal.
With good health habits including using clean water, people can protect themselves from H. pylori.
The bacteria is easily spread among family members as families usually have meals together, causing medical experts to call on the public to separate dishes even with their family or use serving chopsticks even when eating at home.
The proposal came after a man, 30, in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu Province, who was diagnosed to have been infected with the H pylori, discovered his wife and parents were also infected with the bacteria, the People’s Daily reported.
Local media reported on Wednesday that Zhongda Hospital Southeast Hospital recently received the patient who claimed to be suffering from a stomachache and tested positive for the H pylori. Following his doctor’s suggestion, the man’s wife and parents were also diagnosed to have been infected with the bacteria.
His doctor speculated that the infections must have caused by dining together.
Sometimes the H pylori cannot be eradicated after treatment and patients will develop a drug resistance, said the doctor, noting that 15 to 20 percent of patients are drug resistant .