ASYLUM SEEKERS HOUSED IN PNG DIAGNOSED WITH MALARIA

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 22, 2001 – Radio Australia)---The Australian government has confirmed that four asylum seekers rejected entry to Australia, who are being housed temporarily in Papua New Guinea, have been diagnosed with malaria.

A spokesman for Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said the asylum seekers with the disease are being treated and preventative medication is available for other people in the Manus Island camp.

It is not yet known whether those affected caught the disease while in Indonesia en route to Australia or since being detained on Manus as part of the Australian government's so-called "Pacific Solution" for unwanted refugees.

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

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