Possible Disease Outbreak in Tunisia-Libya Border Camp

Apr 7, 2011 | healthmap | Outbreak News

On April 4th, a Chinese reporter was barred from entering one of the 4 refugee camps located 5 to 10 miles away from Ras Ajdir along the Tunisia-Libya border. The reason provided by the guide of the camp was that there was an ongoing outbreak within the camp. This particular camp reportedly contains around 15,000 refugees, the real number is unknown as people enter and leave everyday. The reporter observed that outside the camp, the pile-up of discarded tents had begun to emit a foul odor. The truthfulness of this outbreak is unknown and difficult to verify, although outbreaks of skin diseases and eye infections have previously been reported out of the area. Sanitation, clean water and food supply also remain an ever-present challenge.

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