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Cambodian Prime Minister Launches Investigation Into Cause Of Mass HIV Infections In Rural Village

CNN: Cambodia orders probe into ‘HIV village’ as more than 100 test positive
“Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for an inquiry into a suspected mass HIV infection in a remote village in northwestern Battambang province. The infected cases have surpassed 100 and [the virus] is believed to have been spread by contaminated needles used by an unlicensed doctor, reported local media…” (Ng, 12/19).

VOA News: 110 Test Positive for HIV in Cambodian Village
“…The Cambodia country director for UNAIDS (the lead United Nations organization combating AIDS), Marie-Odile Edmond, said those residing in Roka commune in Battambang province are not in a high-risk category. … Edmond, the UNAIDS country director, said it is premature to draw any conclusions as to how the virus spread…” (Herman, 12/19).

Wall Street Journal: HIV Infections Surge in Cambodian Village
“…Health officials urged people not to panic. The health crisis in Roka has transfixed the nation in recent days, partly because Cambodian authorities, with the help of foreign health organizations, had been successful in halting the rapid spread of the virus in the 1990s…” (Narin/Hookway, 12/19).

Washington Post: Cambodian villagers want to kill medical practitioner who allegedly spread HIV with infected needles
“Cambodian authorities have put into protective custody an unlicensed health worker who villagers are threatening to kill, believing he used contaminated needles that spread HIV to more than 100 people. … But authorities are still grappling with the accuracy of the results. Even after calling for an investigation on Thursday, the prime minister expressed doubt about testing equipment…” (Bever, 12/19).

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