Asia Briefs: Villagers screened after HIV scare

Villagers screened after HIV scare

PHNOM PENH • Cambodia health officials yesterday were screening hundreds of villagers for HIV after 14 locals tested positive for the virus, sparking fears of a fresh outbreak. The villagers were from Peam, an hour north of Phnom Penh.


Antibiotics found in Jiangsu water, food

SHANGHAI • Children in China's eastern Jiangsu province are being exposed to antibiotics from tainted food and water, potentially harming their long-term health, local media reported yesterday, citing research from Shanghai's Fudan University.

The study found traces of at least one type of antibiotic in 80 per cent of a pool of 505 children.


Afghan troops withdraw again

LASHKAR GAH • Afghan government forces have pulled out of a second district in Helmand, leaving the Taleban in control of most of the northern part of the province after troops withdrew from Musa Qala district last week, officials said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe