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Old 08-28-2009, 09:26 AM   #1
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Mystery fatal illness being investigated in Papua New Guinea

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Health officials in Papua New Guinea are investigating the mysterious deaths last week of an unknown number of people in remote villages in Morobe Province.

A medical team from the World Health Organisation and PNG’s health department has flown into the areas to assess the situation and collect samples in an effort to find out what is causing the deaths, which have been put as high as 40 by some media.

The Public Health executive manager, Enoch Posanai, says they cannot say how many have died.

He says the investigative team is due back today and results from swabs should be known by next week.

“We are sort of doing all our best to work with the people at a provincial level and people on the ground to make sure that we contain those outbreaks. We are sending the team from here including the support from the World Health Organisation to provide the support that is needed on the ground.”

Mr Posani says some of the victims have had respiratory problems, others diarrhoea and dehydration, but he says doctors won’t know if there is any link to the swine flu virus until laboratory results are known.



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Not in same location, but yet another respritory mystery illness. (Maybe we need a mystery respritory illness thread).


Mystery illness strikes Welsh teen on Africa trip

Aug 28 2009 Western Mail
A TEENAGER is in a critical condition in a Kenyan hospital after being struck down by a mystery illness.


Chris Morrone, 17, was flown to the care of doctors in Nairobi after complaining of chest pains and breathing difficulties while on safari.

He was coming to the end of a trip during which he and 39 other youngsters from Newport worked for the Moving Mountains charity.
Doctors have now sedated the St Julian’s High School pupil while they carry out tests to identify the cause of the illness.

His parents, John and Anne-Marie, have flown over and are keeping a vigil at his bedside.
One of the trip leaders, Andy Hunt, said: “Chris is really ill and they are not sure what has caused it. He is still in a critical condition in Nairobi and his mum and dad are with him.

“There has been fantastic support from the local community in South Wales, supporting him and fund-raising. The parents of the young people that went with Chris on the trip have really rallied around Chris and his family and it moves me to tears almost every day.

“The problem is that we don’t seem to know what has caused it. The only test that has come back positive is that some in the group had flu but I can’t believe it is just that.”

Mr Hunt, 44, a youth worker from Newport, said Chris was having a excellent time in Kenya until he fell ill during the early hours of August 9.
“Chris is a gentle giant; a lovely lad,” said Mr Hunt. “He had spent two weeks running a summer camp for about 100 street children in Nairobi.
“That was what Chris was working on. He was spending time teaching them as well.

“At the same time he was doing a building project in the slum in Nairobi; helping to build a school.

“He then went on to climb Mount Kenya and was on safari in Meru. I think it was the second or third day of safari when he complained of pains in his chest and was cold and shivery.”

Mr Hunt said that when Chris’s condition worsened overnight, he was flown to Nairobi hospital where he has remained since.

He also said the medical care he was receiving in Kenya was outstanding, and the doctors there were in contact with their counterparts in the UK to try to diagnose the illness.

The teenager’s family had been staying at a hotel near Nairobi Hospital but have since moved into accommodation run by Adventure Alternative.
During the first few weeks of his trip the teen had called home and told his family he was having fun.

Chris’s aunt, Gill Campbell, said: “He’d been fine until then. My sister rang me as to say he had been taken seriously ill and someone had to fly out as soon as possible.

“He was critical and sedated when they flew out. They thought it could be swine flu at first but they tested for that and it was clear.
“He is on a ventilator and sedatives and muscle relaxants and also extensive antibiotics.”

It is unclear when Chris will be able to return home.
Ms Campbell said: “It’s still all up in the air.

“They are still trying to work out what’s wrong with him.
“It was just unbelievable. We’re taking it day by day. It was such a big shock.”

Friend Joe Powell was in Kenya with Chris.

The pair have known each other since primary school.

Joe, 17, said: “At the time it was just happening and I didn’t really think about it.
“I didn’t realise how serious it was until we went to see him.”

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In Papua New Guinea it's still possible ~ or it might be something else entirely.

Let's wait & see what comes up in news reports & the lab results.
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CDC freezers are full of single person, fatatl X samples, most of which come out of precisely this sort of situation. Someone randomly becomes ill with Fever of Unknown Origin, often something respiratory or hemorrhagic. You only see the one or a few cases & it vanishes. It's not easily ID'd.

Hopefully, they'll figure this one out.

It;'s a nervous time in the world for unidentified nasties.
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Oh gosh. I have been to PNG (Port Moresby). It could be anything, and I do mean anything. Still, if it is viral and it killed 40 in a short period that bears watching.
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Morobe people dying of mysterious disease

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Authorities in Papua New Guinea are investigating a mysterious disease that reportedly claimed the lives of more than 40 people in a remote District of Morobe province last week. Ten villages with no health facilities and poor road and communication links are reported to have been affected by the disease.

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While local media reports say 70 people have died from the mysterious disease, the Morobe Provincial Health Office has denied that. The Health Advisor Dr Theo Likei says that 20 people died of dysentery in the remote Menyamya District last week, and 21 died of a mysterious influenza-like disease. He says more than 800 people have been affected from nearly 10 villages. He says the worst affected are children and pregnant women.

The Morobe Provincial Health authorities say they have responded as soon as the reports of the deaths reached them. However Doctor Theo Likei says medicines could not be delivered on time as the area is so remote and there are no road links.

Officials from both the World Health Organisation and PNG's Health Department have visited the affected villages and will test samples collected, to determine the cause of the deaths.

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21 more succumb to disease

Wed, 26/08/2009 - 19:43 | webmaster

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THE mysterious disease which first struck Menyamya district in Morobe last month has claimed another 21 lives, raising the death toll to at least 50.

This does not include another 16 deaths from the remote Awapango village. Kome local level government manager Desmond Timiyaso feared that the death toll would increase further. On Sunday, The National was told that 29 people had died in Menyamya.

The officer in charge of the Menyamya health centres, Sr Bina David, described the situation as “an epidemic”. She said they were still unable to confirm the disease because of the unstable symptoms.

She could not even say whether it was a viral or bacterial infection.
“Some patients had red eyes, severe headache, high fever, dysentery, upset stomach, sore throat and coughing.

“It is an epidemic. “Health authorities should act, experts should be flown in,” she said in a phone interview. Sr David said because of the bad weather, the poor roads to the area had deteriorated further.

“They are impassable but fortunately, drugs have been flown in.”
She said patients from nearby villages were heading into the Lutheran health service (LHS) and the Menyamya health centre for treatment.
Morobe provincial health adviser Dr Likei Theo said disease control experts with the second batch of medicines could not be dispatched because of a lack of logistics.

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When you add the respritory symtoms to the cholera the sum may indicate flu as the root cause.

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PNG cholera outbreak kills over 40

Published: 11:52AM Monday August 31, 2009
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Papua New Guinea is suffering its first known cholera outbreak with 41 villagers reportedly dead in remote parts of the country.


PNG's Health Minister Sasa Zibe has confirmed the cholera outbreak and directed health officials to immediately contain its spread.


World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives based in PNG sent an investigation team to Finschhafen District, Morobe Province in PNG's northwest coast late last week after a mysterious illness ripped through the area.


They have since confirmed the incidence of cholera.


"As this is the first reported case, the government will now be reporting this to the WHO as part of the requirement under the international health regulation," Mr Zibe said in a statement.


He urged villagers with cholera's diarrhoea-like symptoms or severe dehydration to report immediately to rural health facilities.

"If allowed to spread the disease will add further burden to our fragile health system," Mr Zibe said.


According to the WHO, cholera is mainly transmitted through contaminated water and food and is closely linked to inadequate environmental management.

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47 dead in disease outbreak

2009-08-31 14:03

Port Moresby - Twin outbreaks of a mystery flu and dysentery in a remote region of Papua New Guinea have killed 47 people and infected another 2 000 villagers, a senior medical official said on Monday.

And a separate eruption of cholera in the Pacific island nation has killed seven adults and sickened 73 other people, provincial health adviser Theo Likei said

Twenty-seven villagers in the Menyamya district of Morobe province, on the northeast coast, have died from an as-yet unidentified influenza since August 3, while a further 20 were felled by dysentery.

"Roughly 2 000 people are sick in about 12 villages and we suspect influenza and dysentery are the cause," Likei said.

H1N1 flu?

"So far there have been about 47 deaths, about 90% of them in the village of Akwanda," where 95% of the reported flu and dysentery infections were reported.

It was not immediately known whether the flu-like illness was the H1N1 virus or another strain. The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken samples from stricken villages and test results could be available within days, a WHO official said.

"We cannot rule out swine flu at the moment but the outbreak is in a remote area, which would be a little surprising if it is H1N1," said the WHO representative in PNG, Eigil Sorensen.

"But the number of sick and fatalities are certainly higher than normal so we take both of these outbreaks seriously," he told.

Papua New Guinea has reported around 10 cases of H1N1 but they were traced back and appeared to have been imported into the country, Sorensen said.

Worried local health officials warned that the dual outbreak of illness was proving difficult to control as the eruption was in an isolated area some eight hours' rough drive from PNG's second city of Lae.

"The problem is that once it gets started in remote areas it's very hard to stop and the area is hard to reach, but we are hoping the illness will remain isolated to pockets of the area so we can manage it," Likei said.

Worst crisis

"This is the worst such crisis we have seen here, he said. "The situation is not that encouraging as of today but we will monitor closely over the next two days or so and hope it comes under control."

Four three-man health teams are on the ground treating victims of the outbreaks and encouraging villagers to restrict their movements, boil water and take care when preparing food to avoid spreading the disease further.

Doctors do not believe the eruption of two diseases about 120km west of Lae are linked as dysentery is usually bacterial and flu is viral.

But a separate and rare outbreak of cholera in the east of the rugged and often inaccessible province is complicating the medical relief effort.

"We are very concerned and hope cholera hasn't established itself in PNG as it would be another great burden to an already strained health system," Health Minister Sasa Zibe was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press.

The WHO's Sorensen said his office was working with the nation's health department to combat the cholera.

"This is an unusual event in the context of PNG, There hadn't been cholera here for 40 or 50 years," he said.

"There's some belief maybe it's come from marine life. Shellfish have been responsible in other cases overseas," he said.

- AFP

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Thanks for the coverage. With these patterns (He says the worst affected are children and pregnant women) this might well turn out to be influenza.
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Thanks for the coverage. With these patterns (He says the worst affected are children and pregnant women) this might well turn out to be influenza.
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'Flu', dysentry kills 47, sickens 2,000 in Papua
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PORT MORESBY — Twin outbreaks of a flu-like illness and dysentery in a remote region of Papua New Guinea have killed 47 people and infected another 2,000 villagers, a senior medical official said Monday.

Worried health officials say that 95 percent of the cases are in one small village in Morobe Province on the northwest coast of the Pacific nation, but warned the illnesses were proving difficult to control.

Twenty-seven villagers in Morobe's Menyamya district have died from an influenza-like illness since August 3, while a further 20 were felled by dysentery, provincial health adviser Doctor Theo Likei told AFP.
"Roughly 2,000 people are sick in about 12 villages and we suspect influenza and dysentery are the cause," he said. "So far there have been about 47 deaths, about 90 percent of them in the village of Akwanda.

"The problem is that once it gets started in remote areas it's very hard to stop and the area is hard to reach, but we are hoping the illness will remain isolated to pockets of the area so we can manage it," he added.
It was not immediately known whether the flu-like illness was swine flu or another strain. The World Health Organization has taken samples from stricken villages and is expected to report back within two weeks, Likei said.

"This is the worst such crisis we have seen here, Likei said. "The situation is not that encouraging as of today but we will monitor closely over the next two days or so and hope it comes under control."

Four three-man health teams are on the ground treating victims of the outbreaks and encouraging villagers to restrict their movements, boil water and take care when preparing food to avoid spreading the disease further.

Doctors do not believe the eruption of two diseases about 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of PNG's second city of Lae are linked as dysentery is usually bacterial and flu is viral.

But complicating the medical relief effort, a separate eruption of cholera in the east of Morobe province has killed a further seven adults and sickened 73 other people, Likei said.

"We have yet to take the necessary action to make sure the situation is under control. I hope to get teams in there by chopper soon," he said.
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Since many people, lacking medical degrees, call any sudden onset acute illness "flu" I don't think they are admitting to anything.
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Hat tip to the folks over at PFI who have been digging and staying on top of this one:

Over 100 die from illnesses

Tue, 01/09/2009 - 09:02 | mlipen
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THE death toll from influenza and dysentery in Menyamya district and cholera in Tewai-Siassi district of Morobe province has gone past 100 with fears that the figure could be higher as medical teams return to Lae today with updated figures.

The worst affected mountainous area of Menyamya, in which the villages of Watama, Kataya, Wawaka, Akwanja and Ikumdi are located, is at the border of Morobe and Gulf provinces.

So far, the medical teams there had tallied 102 deaths from the Lagai village, Tamoi, Zipa, Kaingye, Anzua, Awapango, Angaibu, and Akwange.
In the village of Akwange, in which more than 27 people had died, about 200 villagers had been infected.

At Kwaplalim village, no deaths were reported but 109 people were diagnosed and were admitted to the Kwaplalim health centre.

Medical assistance was delivered since last Thursday by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Health Department with provincial officers who flew into the area.
According to Kome LLG manager Desmond Timiyaso, the specialists flew direct to Akwange and Ikumdi villages and took specimens of the disease.
Additional medical supplies were received in Menyamya on Saturday.
Mr Timiyaso said the outbreak was placing a strain on the meagre staffing levels of the district.

Officers from other departments were being roped in to assist the medical teams, Mr Timiyaso added.

The separate outbreak of cholera in Tewai-Siassi on the northwest coast of the province had killed seven adults and sickened 73 other people, provincial health adviser Theo Likei told AFP news agency yesterday.

But Health Minister Sasa Zibe, who confirmed the outbreak at the weekend, put the death toll at more than 40, saying he had directed health officials to immediately contain its spread.

However, Nambariva village councillor Tom Less told The National yesterday that four people were confirmed dead out of 70 people admitted to Etep Health Centre in Wasu.
According to Cr Less and Wasu High School teacher Jerry Nema, 45 people from Nambariva and 27 from Lambutina were admitted.

The disease had started to spread to the Gitua at the Sialum council area, he said.
Cr Less said that according to 10 specimens received by the three WHO specialists, four were confirmed with having cholera.

He said two boatloads of medical supplies were sent into the area to treat the patients.
This is the first time cholera has officially been confirmed in PNG.

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87 now dead in two separate outbreaks of diseases in PNG’s Morobe Province

Posted at 08:46 on 01 September, 2009 UTC

The death toll in Papua New Guinea has soared with eighty people now dead from either influenza or dysentery in rural villages in Morobe province.

In a separate cholera outbreak in two coastal villages in the province, another person has died from the waterborne disease bringing the total dead there to seven.

The provincial health advisor Dr Theo Likei says further medical teams are flying in to help combat the hundreds of others suffering from the illnesses.

[B]“Two thousand plus would be from influenza and three hundred plus are from dysentery. And out of those cases you would be looking at about three thousand or so cases if you add dysentery and influenza together. And out of that we have eighty deaths reported so far.”[/B

]Dr Likei says the strain of influenza is unknown at this stage but he hopes to have results back from samples by the end of the week.

Dr Likei says help from the World Health Organisation and the Red Cross has been accepted and a decision will be made in a few days about requesting further outside assistance.

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Death toll at 177

Wed, 02/09/2009 - 09:54 | mlipen
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THE number of deaths in Menyamya from dysentery and flu has now risen to 177.
As the death toll continues to climb, the Morobe provincial government and the National Government have so far not moved to declare an emergency in the area.
The Opposition yesterday criticised the Government for “dragging its feet” over what appears to be an emergency situation in this remote part of Morobe and Gulf province.
“We have a very critical situation here, people’s lives have been lost, yet the Government has not announced a response plan. It is indecisive and showing lack of cohesion,” a senior Opposition official said last night. A senior Department of Health official said yesterday a surveillance team would be dispatched on Friday into the area, and their report would determine the Government’s response to this situation.
The toll is from seven of the 11 villages in the affected area of the district.
Menyamya’s Kome LLG council manager Desmond Timiyaso said yesterday that health workers had returned to the station from the seven villages with the statistics.
He said the workers also diagnosed 3,315 who had dysentery and flu.
Mr Timiyaso is grimly expecting the number to increase when the health staff sent into Katanga-Wawaka, Wiyama, Angaibu and Lagai villages return today.
Mr Timiyaso and Menyamya health centre Health Extension Officer (HEO) Bina David said they submitted statistics to Morobe provincial health adviser Dr Likei Theo yesterday.
He said there were many villages that were affected.
“The epidemic continues to spread over villages and hamlets killing many people,” he said.

“Because of lack of manpower, we cannot reach out to all the villages. We are visiting the densely populated villages. Not hamlets.”
He said they were receiving reports from remote hamlets but were finding it difficult to confirm.

Angau Memorial Hospital’s Dr Jack Matrus was in the area on patrol but is now believed to be heading the medical relief assistance in the remote Wawaka village of Wapi LLG.
Menyamya MP Benjamin Philip and provincial administrator Kemas Tomala and acting deputy administrator, district services, Bart Ipambonj will fly in today to visit the area.

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OK - now this is a very serious situation. How many deaths are from flu, and how many are from dysentery? And, is it the rainy season there? For some reason I though January was the start of the rainy season in that part of the world.
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On 1-9-09

87 deaths
2000+ influenza (2600+)
300+ dysentery (300+)
Some 3000 cases adding those (hence the numbers in ( ) )

So roughly 5 out of 6 are probably influenza.

On 2-9-09
177 deaths
3315

2763 influenza cases if we extrapolate.

We should know more about the spread of cases over age groups and same for deaths.

CFR 5,3 % if you calculate it with 5/6 of deaths.
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I'm going to discount the cholera outbreak totally - cholera WAS confirmed & Vibrio cholerae is a bacterium - large enough to see under a strandard microscope.

But 'flu-like' AND dysentary? We know flu & especially this one, can have significant gastric components. We may be seeing presentations that are primarily gastric - at least at first. I'll need to have a look at better case presentations - anything mentioning symptoms will do nicely & I'll check tomorrow. Didn't go to PFI today.

In Canada, our indiginous peoples ahve been hit very hard. Aus/NZ reported disproporionate numbers of cases as well. It may well be we're seeing the same experience repeated in PNG.

It's starting to sound pretty dire.
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Death toll from epidemics in PNG soars to more than 400

Posted at 06:14 on 04 September, 2009 UTC

The Papua New Guinea government is being urged to declare a state of emergency immediately as the death toll from epidemics in a remote province soars to more than four-hundred people.

The Governor of Morobe Province, Luther Wenge, says eye witness reports indicate almost 300 people have now died from an outbreak of flu and dysentery in the inaccessible district of Menyamya, while another 114 people have died from cholera in the coastal villages of Tewai-Siassi.

The Health Minister Sasa Zibe says he wants a state of emergency to be declared but does not yet have enough information from officials to seek such a declaration.

But Luther Wenge says the information he is receiving from people on the ground leaves him in no doubt a state of emergency must be declared immediately so resources can be freed up to treat people.

“Act now, act now. You can from those information you can make a decision and then provide money so that doctors and nurses and all the appropriate people must get in now because as a matter of fact people are dying, there’s no question about it, people are dying in fifties and hundreds.”

Luther Wenge says the provincial government has no money to cope with the epidemics as its already spent it on other disasters in the province.

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PNG Morobe hospital on high alert for killer diseases

Updated 7 hours 15 minutes ago
Papua New Guinea's Angau Hospital in the Morobe Province is on high alert to treat people affected by the outbreak of three killer diseases - dysentery, flu and cholera. Local reports say up to 177 people have died in the remote Menyamya and Tewai Siassi Districts of Morobe Province in the past month. Among the dead were PNG's first known cases of Cholera in over 50 years. PNG Health Officials say more than 3000 people have been ill from the outbreak so far. The Chief Executive Officer of Lae's Angau hospital, Doctor Polapoi Chalau says an emergency control centre has been established to treat patients suspected of contracting Cholera.

Presenter: Firmin Nanol
Speaker: PNG's Angau Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Doctor Polapoi Chalau

CHALAU: As part of the plan as you know we would receiving those who are ill from the infection, so as part of the overall plan in collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Committee, our plan for the hospital is to ensure that we have got an emergency plan in place which we put into action yesterday and this is the action plan is put by the hospital management in conjunction with our PNG defence force and the Doctors Without Borders, who are here. And because of the experience with this MSF or Medical or Medicine San Frontier, or Doctors Without Borders, they have been able to assist us in providing the actions that we are now undertaking in the hospital. So we've initiated that.

We have already put up an isolation ward where we are currently treating the victims at the moment and we have now established a tent, almost a military like hospital in the hospital area in anticipation for any more increase in the number of cases that may arrive at the hospital. So that is really basically done as part of the overall plan.

The rest of this is going to be coordinated and managed through the central command with Dr Theo heading the emergency task force of the province.

NANOL: Dr Chalau as I would explain now at this very point in time, could you confirm or tell us how many people are suspected of cholera been admitted to the Angau Hospital?

CHALAU: Yes, at the moment as I said we have received so far, a few have come in and gone, so we have about six patients at the moment in the hospital who are receiving intravenous fluid. So they are being treated with a lot of fluid, that's basically what we are doing in here. Meaning that they have not been able to take anything by mouth, because they are quite sick.

NANOL: Is that of dysentery and flu or cholera?

CHALAU: No, they are all having very massive diarrhoea, so we have yet to still get samples, confirmation of our samples, so we are still waiting for the results to come.

NANOL: Oh I see.

CHALAU: We are treating as cholera until they are proven otherwise.

NANOL: Are you expecting any more persons or people or being admitted to the Angau Hospital with such symptoms like dysentery, flu and cholera?

NANOL: Yes, well are just monitoring with a central command and so we have to be prepared. So whether regardless of whether more outbreaks are coming or not, but we have initiated our response so we are prepared for anything that may come.
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Oops - thought ProMed had said cholera was confirmed - my error.

Have any other nations reported MASSIVE diarrhea due to flu or is something else in play as a secondary?
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This PNG outbreak still smells suspisciously like influenza..,

Thee are too many places to watch now.
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This PNG outbreak still smells suspisciously like influenza..,

Thee are too many places to watch now.
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Yes but I am watching this one closely as its at my front door and 400 deaths in a couple of weeks is a bit more than the common cold!
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Oh I'm certainly not doubitng flu is very much involved - primary illness, in fact. I just wish something big, (organization), would get their butts down there & see if it's "just" flu or something else is in play. If it's just flu - that's very, very bad.

Those poor people.
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Sure ,they always close schools and markets, and restrict peoples travel for seasonal flu...

100 dead as PNG declares health emergency: report
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Thu Sep 10, 12:13 PM


PORT MORESBY (AFP) - Papua New Guinea on Thursday raced to contain a triple outbreak of cholera, flu and dysentery which has claimed at least 100 lives and prompted a health emergency, a report said.

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Health inspectors were ordered to close schools and markets, dig toilets and restrict people's movements in remote parts of three provinces, The National newspaper said, as the World Health Organisation and Australia provided help.


The impoverished Pacific nation declared the emergency on Wednesday after the deaths doubled in a week. Earlier fears of a "mystery flu" proved unfounded after the virus was confirmed as seasonal influenza.


"Under this direction, all health professionals, government agencies and NGOs in this life-saving mission are empowered to improve hygiene and sanitation and contain the diseases in affected areas," Health Minister Sasa Zibe said.


Australia's foreign aid agency AusAID, quoting WHO figures, said 20 people had died from cholera -- the country's first outbreak in decades -- and 243 people had suspected cases.


The National said at least 51 people had died from flu, among more than 3,000 cases, and another 29 had been killed by dysentery. Health officials could not be reached to confirm the figures.


The country's WHO representative, Eigil Sorensen, said the situation was "concerning".


"It is concerning because of the general weakness of the health care system," Sorensen told AFP.


"It's like a litmus test to see how able they are to cope with such a situation. This is a big challenge."


AusAID said it had sent water purification tablets, protective clothing, water containers and rehydration salts, as well as an environmental health expert and logistical support.


PNG officials have warned the outbreaks were proving hard to control as they were in isolated areas, with the worst-hit Menyamya district some eight hours' rough drive from PNG's second city of Lae.


"This is the worst such crisis we have seen here," Morobe provincial health adviser Theo Likei said last week.

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