Magazine article Geographical

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Magazine article Geographical

Health News

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HIV FIGURES

Cumulative figures for HIV infected individuals reported in the UK up to the end of 1998, indicate that the second most common route of infection is between men and women with most of these infections acquired abroad. Official figures from the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS estimate that by the end of 1998, 33.4 million people worldwide will be living with HIV/AIDS. It also shows that there are an estimated 22.5 million people living with the disease in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for 67 per cent of the global incidence. Southern Africa has been particularly hard hit with between 20-26 per cent of those aged between 15-49 infected with HIV in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The number of cases of HIV infection is also increasing in South Fast Asia and the former Soviet Union.

YELLOW PERIL

Mass yellow fever immunisation programmes have been stepped up in the Santa Cruz Department of Bolivia following 13 deaths from the disease in January. It is hoped the programme will prevent any further infections and an urban outbreak of the disease. …

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