Tuesday, October 11, 2005

U.N. Warns of Disease in Asia Quake Zone

GENEVA - Measles and waterborne diseases such as cholera and diarrhea could spread quickly among victims of south Asia's devastating earthquake, the United Nations warned Tuesday.

The quake damaged sanitation systems in the region, destroyed hospitals and left many victims with no access to clean drinking water, making them more vulnerable to disease.

"Measles could potentially become a serious problem," said Fadela Chaib, spokeswoman for the
World Health Organization. "We fear that if people huddle closely together in temporary shelters and crowded conditions more measles cases could occur."

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