Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Sudan: new epidemic threatens the South

Medecins Sans Frontieres warned of a possible new epidemic in southern Sudan. They are treating a large number of people for kala-azar, a deadly parasitic disease that weakens the immune system and is transmitted by the bite of the sandfly. An epidemic of the disease between 1985 and 1993 killed an estimated 100,000 people.