WHO Says Myanmar Faces Cholera, Malaria Risk

by Rajshri on  May 10, 2008 at 5:26 PM Tropical Disease News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

The World Health Organisation has announced concern that survivors of the deadly cyclone in Myanmar are at risk of malaria, cholera and diarrhea.

"The lack of drinking water and sanitation are the two main problems," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told journalists.
WHO Says Myanmar Faces Cholera, Malaria Risk
WHO Says Myanmar Faces Cholera, Malaria Risk

Myanmar is an endemic malaria zone, and stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes which transmit the disease, she said.

The WHO said it also expects a rise in cases of diarrhea and respiratory ailments, and warned that people injured in the devastation also risk picking up tetanus.

The WHO has sent two medical kits as part of a wider aid package organised by the World Food Programme. Each kit contains enough medical material to meet the needs of 10,000 people over three months, Chaib said.

Eight further kits are waiting to be dispatched, according to the WHO website.

Source: AFP
RAS/L

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Cholera Malaria-water Malaria Mosquito Diseases Nervous Tic Fever 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive