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Mauritius Reports Four New HIV Cases

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Posted to the web March 16, 2001

March 12, 2001 - Port Louis, Mauritius, Indian Ocean 

Health authorities in Mauritius conceded Monday that four new HIV cases - two of them pregnant women - were detected in the country last January. Dr Renaud Man Sun, coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Unit in Mauritius, said the four, aged between 28 and 30, may have been infected ten years ago. 

"It is only when they got ill and went to the hospital that we detected the cases," he said. Presently, 25 people infected with the virus have already reached full-blown AIDS and were being followed up at the Bouloux day center in Cassis, near Port-Louis. 

Officially, 57 new cases of HIV were registered last year. "The number will continue to rise as it is only now that we discover cases of people infected ten years ago," the AIDS official hinted. The first case of AIDS was discovered in Mauritius in 1987. Since then, 225 cases have been known, with 65 deaths.

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