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Friday, June 11, 2010

Myanmar : Cholera Cases Rising in Mae La Refugee Camp

Via The Irrawaddy :

" Eighty-nine refugees in Mae La Refugee Camp have been infected with cholera in two weeks and the number of cases is increasing, a source in Mae La Refugee Camp said on Friday. No deaths have been reported.

“Since May 27, 87 refugees have been infected, and today another two patients arrived at the hospital,” said Saw Nay Hsei, a health care coordinator at the Mae La Camp Hospital. The disease is concentrated in three areas of the camp.

Seventy-two patients had been discharged from the hospital as of Thursday and 15 patients remain in the Cholera Treatment Center (CTC), he said.

Most of the patients were infected with the virus by drinking water collected from local wells and streams.

“The water we distribute to refugees in the camp doesn't have the virus that causes cholera. But, there are other wells in the camp. We found cholera virus in the water of these wells,” said Saw Nay Hsei."

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