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Remote virus-hit island seeks aid

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Britons living in what is described as the remotest community in the world are seeking help after the outbreak of an acute virus. Many of the 271 British citizens living on the volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha, in the south Atlantic, have developed severe breathing problems. They need to ensure that their current medical supplies do not run out. The islanders are being affected by what appears to be an outbreak of viral-inducted asthma, which causes severe breathing problems. The volcanic island has no airstrip, making getting medicines there difficult. Tristan da Cunha is situated 2,800 km west of Cape Town, South Africa, and is part of a small group of islands. It was at one time on the main trading route between Europe and the Indian Ocean, but the small community living there is now extremely isolated. The island is famous for a mass evacuation to Southampton in the 1960s after a volcano erupted.

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