MONGOLIA: OUTBREAK OF CHOLERA LEADS TO INTRODUCTION OF STRICT QUARANTINE PROCEDURES
- Title: MONGOLIA: OUTBREAK OF CHOLERA LEADS TO INTRODUCTION OF STRICT QUARANTINE PROCEDURES
- Date: 22nd August 1995
- Summary: ULAN BATOR, MONGOLIA (RECENT) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV SOLDIERS GUARDING QUARANTINE MILITARY HOSPITAL 0.07 2. SV SOLDIER ON GUARD DUTY 0.13 3. SLV/CU MINISTER OF DEFENCE DORLIGJAV WORKING AT HIS DESK (2 SHOTS) 0.22 4. MCU DORLIGJAV SAYING IT IS CLEAR THAT THE DISEASE WAS SPREAD BY FOOD INTO MONGOLIA. WE HAVE NEVER HAD THIS DISEASE IN THE COUNTRY BEFORE. WHAT WE WILL DO NEXT IS TO TIGHTEN THE CONTROL OF ISOLATED AREAS, IMPROVE MEDICAL TREATMENT SO THAT THERE ARE NO MORE INCREASES IN THE NUMBER OF THE INFECTED AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE (MONGOLIAN) 0.47 5. SV OF WORKERS AT OFFICE IN MINISTRY OF HEALTH COLLECTING INFORMATION ABOUT CHOLERA PATIENTS (2 SHOTS) 0.56 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: ULAN BATOR, MONGOLIA
- Country: Mongolia
- Duration: 00:00:57
- Story Text: INTRO: Quarantine procedures are in place in Mongolia following an outbreak of cholera.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mongolian officials said on Tuesday (August 21) they had controlled the spread of cholera, which has infected 106 people this month in the north of the country.
An additional 23 people were suspected of having the disease, pending laboratory test results, while a total of 1,955 people were in quarantine across the country.
Mongolian Minister of Defence D. Dorligjav said the spread of cholera had been controlled by the imposition ofstrict restrictions on travel.
Health officials said they believed the outbreak was not going to become an epidemic in densely populated areas such as Ulan Bator, Darkhan and Erdenet.
Dorligjav commands civil defence troops that have sealed off the northern cities of Erdenet and Darkhan, Selenge province and parts of Central province since the disease broke out on August 8.
Officials were attempting to evacuate foreigners trapped in quarantined areas, he said. About 30 foreigners have been evacuated from Erdenet by helicopter and more than 20 were due to be evacuated from Darkhan.
Health officials have traced the virus back to a military unit in Khoetol, about 350 kilometers (210 miles) from Ulan Bator. They believe it was spread through contaminated food.
Police and soldiers guarded the capital's military hospital and the hospital for infectious diseases to enforce the quarantine.
Health officials on Tuesday imposed a quarantine on two more counties in Central province, which surrounds the capital.
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