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Health Woes Escalate

Health woes in tsunami zone escalate

Health experts warn 150-thousand people could die from illnesses and infections if basic services aren't restored to tsunami-stricken areas by the end of the week.

So far, the World Heath Organization says there have been relatively few cases of diarrhea and cholera. But the group says dangerous infections are turning up in otherwise superficial wounds. Doctors say without clean water, disease could cause wounds that require amputating limbs. They also say dirty water could leave scores of children with diarrhea and pneumonia.

The World Heath Organization's director says of the five million people affected by the tidal waves, "150 thousand are at extreme risk" -- about as many who were directly killed by the tsunami.

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