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Norwegian Prime Minister Visits Russian TB Research Institute

June 18, 2001

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg visited a TB research center in the northern part of St. Petersburg, Russia, on Monday. Stoltenberg toured the Tuberculosis Research Institute and Clinic to underscore Norway's concern over the threat that TB and other infectious diseases can cross the 196-kilometer (122 mile) border that Norway shares with Russia.

Norway heads the Baltic Sea State Cooperation Council program on communicable diseases and is aiding Russia with a TB epidemic that has infected some 2 million people. One in 10 of the country's 1 million prisoners are infected with TB. The disease has hit legions of the homeless and refugees. Russia's crumbling public health system has been helpless in responding to the crisis.


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Associated Press
06.18.01; Dima Lovetsky



  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 

 

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