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Thursday, April 14, 2005

US Study: Ethiopian Death Toll from AIDS May Double in Three Years

"The total population lost to AIDS was about 900,000 in 2003 and is projected to reach 1.8 million by 2008 if the present trends continue," it said, describing a dire situation in the impoverished Horn of Africa nation.

The disease is now responsible for about a third of all adult deaths in Ethiopia and will devastate the economy if left unchecked, said the study, conducted under the auspices of US President George W. Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

"The loss of Ethipian citizens in the most productive years of their lives, and related HIV/AIDS morbidity has a detrimental impact on economic growth," it said.

Yahoo! News

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