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Meningitis scare in Paphos school.

Byline: Bejay Browne.

A 40-YEAR-old teacher's assistant working at in a kindergarten in a village outside Paphos has been diagnosed with a form of viral meningitis.

The Manager of Paphos General Hospital, Filaktis Constantinides, yesterday confirmed the school employee was suffering from a strain of the disease, but assured parents that their children were not at risk.

It is thought the virus has attacked the teacher's lungs. Antibiotic medicine is being administered to the pre-schoolers, and others who may have come into contact with the infected patient.

Parents of the children did not send them to the kindergarten yesterday, believing the risk to be too great.

Viral meningitis carries less risk than bacterial meningitis, which can be fatal.

Enteroviruses are very common in summer and cause viral meningitis. They spread through contact with saliva, mucus, or faeces. These viruses multiply in the digestive tract and can spread through the body to cause meningitis.

It is thought that after the assurances from Constantinides, the children will be back at school later this week.

Anger builds in Paphos as rubbish mountain grows

By Bejay Browne

LOCAL residents angry at the mountain of refuse at the Marathounda rubbish dump, yesterday protested outside the entrance to the site.

The Marathounda dump was the first rubbish tip created in the Paphos area in 1983, and has caused serious problems since then.

Locals from the surrounding villages of Marathounda, Konia and Ayia Marinouda are demanding that the eyesore dump, clearly visible to motorists using the highway, be moved. They say work at the tip is loud and a hazard to health.

Materials such as metal, plastic, household items, building waste and tyres are piling up, resulting in a mountain of garbage.

Residents are demanding the site's closure, claiming it is full to capacity. The current agreement between the government and the contractor expires on May 31, 2008.

A spokesman for the Green Party yesterday called on the government to solve the problem, stating that the area is housed too close to the local community and is overflowing with rubbish.

The Greens believe thoughtless and haphazard dumping, in particular of household goods and building materials, is at the expense of the local community. The party claims huge towers of rubber tyres are being set alight unsupervised and left to burn, emitting chocking fumes.

Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas yesterday called on Interior Minister Neoclis Silikiotis to address the situation, appealing for immediate action saying the people of the surrounding areas were at breaking point and the mountain of rubbish growing daily.

Silikiotis responded to the demands, requesting a few days to rectify the problem. Hopes are for a recycling plant to meet the needs of the Paphos community.

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Date:May 27, 2008
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