10 Jul 2008

Typhoid kills PNG inmate

4:07 pm on 10 July 2008

Medical authorities in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea have confirmed that a prisoner at Buimo Jail was killed by typhoid fever allegedly carried by the prison kitchen's cooks.

13 other prisoners have been hospitalised.

The Angau Memorial Hospital investigation team leader, Dr Jack Aroma Marcus, conducted blood tests of the prisoners, some of whom worked in the kitchen, and found it was typhoid.

He says it is thought the inmates in the kitchen were the carriers but didn't know they were infected and spread the disease through their food handling.