Accessibility links

Breaking News

Check-Ups Find Tuberculosis Among Bishkek's Homeless

Authorities in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, have been offering medical exams to the city's homeless. Out of more than 100 patients, 14 were diagnosed with active cases of tuberculosis. City officials said the tuberculosis patients would be admitted to a hospital for treatment. According to local NGOs, there are several hundred homeless people in Bishkek -- more than the city's four shelters can accommodate. At least eight people living on the streets died of exposure to the cold in December. RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service