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Cholera Epidemic Sweeping Far East

Aug. 21, 1961 - Special measures to "safeguard public health" and combat "seasonal diseases" are being taken by Chinese Communist authorities, according to Chinese radio broadcasts. The broadcasts made no mention of a cholera epidemic which is reportedly sweeping the Kwantung province and taking a heavy death toll. Despite the appearance of cholera in Macao and Hong Kong some weeks after the first reports, there has been no acknowledgement by the Communist Chinese of any presence of the disease in China. Cholera, a malignant and often rapidly fatal disease, is caused by a micro-organism and is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting and cramps.


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