Korea Sends Disease Prevention Team to Sri Lanka

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Korea Sends Disease Prevention Team to Sri Lanka

 

February 4, 2005


Korea sent a disease control and prevention team to Sri Lanka on Jan. 18 to help fight the outbreak of various epidemics in the tsunami-hit region of South Asia.

The seven-man team is composed of medical personnel from the public and private sectors, including five specialists from the Korea National Red Cross. The team will sterilize refugee camps in the Matara region to prevent the malaria, dengue fever and other epidemics.

A previous team conducted a quarantine survey of the area from Dec. 31 to Jan. 4 and found out that refugees are exposed to the dangers of diseases carried by mosquitoes and unsanitary water.

The Korean team will supply disinfectants and equipment as well education on how to use them. The ROK government will continue supporting disease control and prevention work in the area well after the team returns.

 

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