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Report: Infectious Disease Running Unchecked in Burma


A report released Monday by Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health says that AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, and bird flu are spreading unchecked in Burma.

The report calls for a restoration of humanitarian assistance to Burma to keep the spread of such infectious diseases from becoming a serious health threat to other countries in the region.

However, the authors also warn that new restrictions imposed by Burma's military government are making such efforts more difficult.

The report's authors say there is "a growing humanitarian crisis in Burma." Currently, nearly half of all deaths from malaria in Asia occur in Burma, and the rate of drug-resistant tuberculosis cases there is nearly twice that of its neighbors.

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