KIRIBATI ISSUES CHOLERA WARNING

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TARAWA, Kiribati (January 12, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Health officials in Kiribati have issued a cholera warning, following a similar outbreak in the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Director of Public Health, Dr. Airam Meetai, said the disease usually lasts one year and people must take precautions.

He warned that people must boil drinking water, avoid eating raw food and wash their hands before eating.

Dr. Meetai said his ministry will monitor the arrival of overseas visitors, particularly from the Marshall Islands.

Visitors will also be told not to bring with them any fresh food.

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

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