Saturday, May 10, 2008

Slow Myanmar aid raises health risks for survivors

MYAUNG MYA, Myanmar, May 10 (Reuters) - Even if they manage to find food and shelter, the 1.5 million destitute survivors of Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis still face a major risk from infected wounds, chronic diarrhoea and malaria or dengue.In Labutta, one of the worst-hit Irrawaddy delta towns, a third of patients had laceration wounds on their backs from the stinging rain and debris whipped up by winds of 190 km (120 miles) per hour, a Burmese doctor told Reuters.He said sepsis, a rampant infection of the bloodstream that causes organ failure, was widespread two days after the former Burma's worst natural disaster in recent memory.

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