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Outbreak of chicken pox, hepatitis reported in internment camps

June 22, 2009

TamilNet – Outbreak of chicken pox, hepatitis reported in internment camps

Outbreak of chickenpox and hepatitis reported from internment camps located in Vavuniyaa where hundred of thousands of internally displaced people from Vanni have been sheltered. More than twelve thousand inmates are reported to have been still suffering from chickenpox. 40 to 50 fresh cases of chickenpox are reported daily.

Till June 12 about 2,139 cases of hepatitis have been detected among IDPs, medical sources in Vavuniyaa said.

Till June 16, about 2, 85,018 members of IDP families are reported to be sheltered in several internment camps in Vavuniyaa.

48,704 of them were discharged from hospitals and make shift government dispensaries after treatment for various diseases.

3054 elderly refugees were released from these camps and handed over to their relatives, medical sources said.

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