Children and the poor hit by cholera outbreak

Apr 2, 2009 (DVB), Authorities in central Burma have been distributing medicine after an outbreak of cholera began to take its toll on young children and people living in poor housing.

The outbreak started over a week ago in Magwe. The poorer wards of Myohaung and King, with high population density, are thought to be worst affected.

Authorities believe the outbreak was caused by people living in lean-tos along Magwe river discarding sewage into the river.

A local resident said that these people have been moved from the area by authorities, who then began placing disinfectants in water tanks.

"[Officials] came down from Naypyidaw and are systematically supervising the health department and handling the outbreak," said the resident.

Children between the ages of five and eight have been particularly affected, said the resident, adding that both hospitals and charitable private clinics are full of patients.

Last year, the authorities cracked down on mohinga stalls and snack shops after an outbreak of cholera.

Reporting by Naw Noreen

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