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May 14, 1952

Mao Zedong, 'Comments on a Report about the Situation of Anti-Germ Warfare Prevention Work'












Comments on a Report about the Situation of Anti-Germ Warfare Prevention Work[1]


(14 May 1952)


This document is very good.[2] Circulate across all areas.


Mao Zedong

14 May [1952]


[1] This is Mao Zedong’s comments on a report dated 12 May 1952, by Chairman Zhou Enlai and Office Chairman He Cheng of the Central Committee’s Epidemic Prevention Committee.

[2] In reference to Zhou Enlai and He Cheng’s report (which forwarded a report by He Cheng). [He Cheng’s] report said that, first, the main problem in North Korea is still plague, while in the Northeast [China] the main problem is encephalitis. Although plague and encephalitis continue to appear, they are not that common and the epidemic prevention work is succeeding. [The report continued that] because the hot season has not arrived yet and the enemy is still expanding the area in which it is dropping insects, [we] cannot be too optimistic or careless, as it is still possible that infectious diseases will become prevalent. Second, [the report said that] the mass-style hygiene and epidemic prevention campaign is still developing, with the main tasks of catching rats, wiping out pests, and improving environmental sanitation. Third, [the report said that] key research work [undertaken] during the month of April was the encephalitis problem in the northeast; the key propaganda work [undertaken] was preparing the exhibit on the bacteriological warfare crimes of the American imperialists. Fourth, [the report stated that] in April, a meeting of the major administrative areas and the Chairman of the [Chinese People’s] Volunteer Army Epidemic Prevention Committee Office was convened, with decisions made on the following issues: continuing this year’s epidemic prevention work into the fall; determining the targets of epidemic prevention in different areas; strengthening research on epidemic prevention; completing the exhibition layout work; establishing epidemic prevention teams and new hospital beds for quarantining; establishing sanitation and epidemic prevention stations and disinfecting stations.

Mao's comment on the report concerning plague in North Korea and encephalitis in Northeast China.


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Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi and Zhongguo renmin jiefangjun junshi kexueyuan, eds., Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong junshi wengao (Mao Zedong’s Military Manuscripts since the Founding of the PRC), vol. 2 (Beijing: Junshi kexue chubanshe; Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 2010), 32. Translated by Charles Kraus.


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