15 Oct 2008

Typhoid kills 11 people in PNG

2:03 pm on 15 October 2008

A typhoid outbreak in a Papua New Guinea township has left 11 people dead, with many more sick and in need of treatment.

The deaths at Watut, in the Morobe Province on PNG's north western coast, have been linked to food sold last week.

An MP Sam Basil has told PNG's Post-Courier newspaper that the emergency has been compounded by a shortage of facilities and medicine.

He says large numbers of people are seeking treatment but no one can be hospitalised because the health centre does not have facilities for in-patients.

Mr Basil says he will organise a local mobile health program to deal with the epidemic.