Flu outbreak

Published: Thursday 31 July 2003

-- A strain of influenza has left more than 700 people sick in the remote mountainous district of Dadeldhura in Nepal. The disease is believed to be spreading through polluted drinking water and contaminated food.

Dadeldhura district public health office authorities reveal that the acute shortage of medicines and health workers has made matters worse. The disease regularly rears its head in this area during the early summer months.

According to a local inhabitant, at least one member from each household in Ragun Valley has been affected by the disease. Many fear that the situation could worsen if adequate remedial measures are not taken.

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