Friday, September 25, 2009

Burmese Refugees: Six Burmese migrants die in detention in Malaysia

Six Burmese migrants have died while in detention in Malaysia because of a suspected waterborne disease caused by rat urine.

According to Malaysia's immigration department the six men were being detained for being in Malaysia illegally.

Last month all six complained of severe internal aches. They were admitted to hospital and died days later.

The official said on Friday the detainees were believed to have contracted leptospirosis, a disease from water contaminated by rat urine.

AP reports that according to the official the detainees likely contracted the disease in another centre. They were transferred together with some 700 others after a riot there.

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