Amerindians in Guyana's mining region fall ill

Guyana's government is trying to determine what is causing an outbreak of illness among Amerindians in the South American country's gold mining region.
Health Minister Leslie Ramsammy said Saturday that his agency has sent doctors to test dozens of people suffering from diarrhea and vomiting. He said an unusual number of birds and fish also have been found dead in the region near the western border with Venezuela.
The World Wildlife Fund this week warned that mercury and other toxins are contaminating the region's rivers and jungles as more people rush to seek gold due to record world prices.