December 1, 2006

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AIDS Could Destroy Malaysian Economy!


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via AP:

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The spread of AIDS in Malaysia could wipe out economic gains the country has made over the last 50 years, a top health official warned Thursday.

If stronger steps are not taken to stop the spread of AIDS, Malaysia could be swept by an epidemic, which will strike people in the prime of their lives and devastate the work force, said the Health Ministry’s director of disease control, Ramlee Rahmat.

“This may wipe out all the developmental gains we have achieved since independence” in 1957, Ramlee said in a speech at the opening of a U.N.-organized conference to commemorate World AIDS Day Dec. 1

It’s World AIDS Day today, and Southeast Asia’s like the region with the 2nd highest HIV+ people!

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