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W.h.o. to Send Report to UN on Findings of West Bank Illness

April 26, 1983
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The World Health Organization (WHO) will send a report to United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar shortly on the findings of its medical experts who investigated a mysterious illness that hospitalized hundreds of teen-aged Arab girls and others on the West Bank earlier this month, a WHO spokesman announced today.

The spokesman said that Dr. Gustav Wettorazi, who headed the medical team, reported that the Israeli health authorities and Arab medical people had been most helpful. Wettorazi was accompanied by Dr. Robert Ballance, a hygienist, who took specimens on the spot. They have been sent to the WHO laboratory in England for analysis.

There was no indication today of the nature of findings the WHO doctors will report. But several Arab states have asked that the matter be placed on the agenda of the WHO General Assembly which opens here on May 3. Halfan Maller, Secretary General of the WHO, said this request would be debated at the Assembly.

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