ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 22, 1977
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(Studio) Another case of cholera is reported in Syria, in continuing outbreak in Mid. East. But disease hasn't been confined to Mid. East.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(London, England) Report on disease, its causes and effects. Cholera is permanent fixture in cntries. like Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and parts of Africa. Most recent outbreak is concentrated in Mid. East, with Syria being hardest hit, but has also broken out in Pacific, North Africa, and Bangladesh. Dr. Donald McKay, at London School of Tropical Medicine, says problems of stamping it out are overwhelming. [McKAY - cites financial reasons developing ntns. can't be supplied drinkable water and reasonable sewage disposal.] Of great concern to health authorities now is annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca and other holy places in Saudi Arabia. Known of since 5th century B.C., cholera was only eliminated in London 100 years ago. Until pure water provided for each human being, disease will remain.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
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