On 18 August 2014 at 7:02 (am) local time, an earthquake was reported in Ilam province, in the western Islamic Republic of Iran. The quake struck 36 kilometres (22 miles) southeast of the city of Abdanan, near to the town of Mour-Mouri.
The US Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the quake at 6.3 and said its epicentre was at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).
18 villages are exposed to damage with a total population of about 4500.
The Ministry of Health and Medical Education reported about 50 injured people had been rescued in Abdanan, three of them hospitalized and no deaths reported.
The night before (17 August), reference to announced warning by the governorate and due to experienced minor tremors struck, people mostly spent the night outside their homes.
Investigations to find and rescue all casualties and to map the damage happened are in process.
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This year, World AIDS Day 2013 was celebrated under the theme of Treat More, Treat Better.
The Deputy Minister for Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr Sayyari emphasized the need for self-control, marriage and safe sex as main points to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and said that people with HIV need support through job opportunities to provide security. “Our aim is to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS to zero”. This is not only the responsibility of the Ministry of Health but the entire society. He emphasized the role of the media in raising awareness.
Dr Jihane Tawilah, WHO Representative in Islamic Republic of Iran, delivered the message of Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. He noted that antiretroviral therapy (ART) had become safer, simpler and more robust. People living with HIV who take ART in the right combination of medicines can lead long and productive lives. We also know that with successful ART, people living with HIV are less likely to transmit the virus to others. They can now prevent the transmission of their infection to their partners. As well, pregnant women living with HIV can now have HIV-free infants. Making ART available on a large scale to those who need it can avert new infections and can eventually curb the HIV epidemic.
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