Monday, September 6, 2010

Outbreaks and Alerts: September 6, 2010

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United States
  • Rhode Island. September 5th: The precautionary boil water advisory put in place on September 4th for customers of the Newport Water System has been lifted.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait. September 5th: The Chairman of the Consumer Protection Society calls for punishment of those who distribute contaminated or expired food.
  • Yaounde, Cameroon. September 6th: UNICEF reports that more than 4,500 people in Cameroon have been sickened by cholera since the beginning of May and more than 300 have died in the nation's worst cholera outbreak in 20 years.

Australia and New Zealand
  • Christchurch, New Zealand. September 6th: In the wake of the earthquake and aftershocks that have rocked the South Island in recent days, the Ministry of Health reminds residents of Christchurch to boil water for three minutes before drinking, brushing teeth or washing/preparing food, and to remember to wash their hands frequently.
  • Christchurch, New Zealand. September 6th: Health authorities are investigating a gastroenteritis outbreak in two families at a welfare centre in the suburb of Linwood. It is not yet known whether the illnesses are due to contaminated water, or whether they predate the Saturday earthquake. The affected families have been isolated and infection control measures put in place.

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