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Apr 27, 2015

03:29:51 GMT--Biological Hazard - Pacific ocean - east - Kiribati

EDIS Number: BH-20150427-47958-KIR
Date / time: 27/04/2015 03:28:24 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - east
Country: Kiribati
Location: [Nationwide]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 200 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


Kiribati's Director of Public Health Tioboa Timeon has declared an outbreak of Chikungunya virus in most of the country's outer islands. Radio Kiribati reports Dr Tioboa as saying the outbreak has been confirmed in 13 outer islands of Makin, Butaritari, Marakei, Abaiang, North Tarawa, Maiana, Kuria, Aranuka, Abemama, Nonouti, Tabiteuea North, Onotoa and Nikunau. The Ministry of Health has advised people living in the outer islands to help prevent the spread of the disease by emptying mosquito breeding places like tyres and containers, use mosquito nets and clear all rubbish from their compound. Dr Tioboa says of the 13 islands where the virus has been confirmed, two of them have reported more than 200 cases.

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