WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DISCOVERS 15 NEW CASES OF LEPROSY IN SOLOMONS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (February 22, 1999 - Radio Australia)---The World Health Organization has told the Solomon Islands government to use multi-drug therapy to treat leprosy patients.

World Health Organization and government officials report the discovery of 15 new cases of leprosy after carrying out a population screening of 500 people in eight villages with previously high incidences of leprosy.

The disease was thought to have been eradicated in Solomon Islands.

Officials also recommend that families with a leprosy history should be carefully monitored.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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