Taiwan

    More than 100 people in a typhoon-hit village in Taiwan have fallen ill with an infectious disease, health authorities said Aug. 26, ruling out concerns they were sick with swine flu.It came after the military confirmed that four soldiers involved in typhoon relief work had swine flu, two weeks after Typhoon Morakot lashed the south of the island leaving 461 people dead and nearly 200 missing.Test results confirmed that about 105 residents of Wannei village, in Pingtung county, had contracted leptospirosis, a common disease after flooding. "Leptospirosis has flu-like symptoms so that's why some villagers mistake it for swine flu," said county health chief Kang Chi-chieh, addressing concerns among people in the affected areas that swine flu had been spreading there. (AFP)

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