28 Jun 2006

More than 20 typhoid cases confirmed in Marshall Islands

8:16 am on 28 June 2006

At least 22 cases of typhoid fever have been confirmed in the Marshall Islands capital, Majuro, and health authorities have issued repeated warnings to local residents in an effort to halt further spread of the potentially deadly illness.

There are typically one or two cases of typhoid a year in the Marshall Islands, but the outbreak of at least 22 confirmed cases has been a great concern to health officials.

Patients have ranged in age from young children to adults and from many different parts of the island.

Doctors from the U.S. Centre for Disease Control have arrived in Majuro

to assist the Ministry of Health in identifying the source of the outbreak.