Health Ministry warns India-bound backpackers

October 29, 2006 16:50


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The Health Ministry issued a warning on Sunday to Israeli backpackers headed for India about the outbreak of Chikungunya fever in the country. Since the beginning of this year, the virus has spread to eight regions in India: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashta, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala and Delhi. The ministry recommended that travelers to that part of the world take precautions against mosquito bites, including the wearing of long-sleeved and long-legged clothing and the use of mosquito repellents to avoid infection.

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