Acute virus outbreak hits Tristan da Cunha
'World's most isolated settlement' awaits urgent medical supplies
The inhabitants of remote Tristan da Cunha are awaiting urgent medical supplies after succumbing to an unspecified acute virus outbreak which has caused "severe breathing problems" in many of the island's 275 citizens.
According to the BBC, the UK's Falmouth Coastguard is coordinating an international operation to get the required medication to the "world's most isolated settlement", which lies some 2,800km to the west of Cape Town, out in the South Atlantic
The island, a British dependency, is normally paid the occasional visit by South Africa's polar research vessel the SA Agulhas, while fishing vessels the MV Edinburgh and MV Kelso make more regular trips from South Africa, sometimes on dedicated cargo and passenger runs. However, although the volcanic outcrop does have a hospital and resident Medical Officer, it has no airstrip. ®
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reports coming in of these virus victims rising from the dead and apparently eating the flesh of their victims....
or is everyone blind?
In the movies, it *always* starts like this!
sounds like a lucky escape!
The Explorer was apparently supposed to stop there for a while, it sank, therefore a lucky escape from what could have caused a possible pandemic virus!
Quarantine ensues... best get out the gingham dress and Mr Flibble!
My wife is from Tristan
We got married there in 2002
I heard this on the news at 7am and wondered about it!!
I called my Mother in Law and she confirmed the problem
they are at least asking for help in advance of a major outbreak
I've just done an interview on the BBC regarding the outbreak
they'll be fine