TYPHOID SCARE SHUTS NEW ZEALAND AGENCY IN PNG

admin's picture

SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, June 4) - Health concerns
have forced the temporary closure of New Zealand's High Commission in the Papua
New Guinea capital, Port Moresby.

The post has been closed while the staff is tested for typhoid.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Brad Tattersfield
says one local staff member has been diagnosed with typhoid.

He says six other staff has tested positive for the bacteria,
but are not showing symptoms.

"We've decided to close the High Commission for now while
we consult medical advisors, do some futher tests and take any necessary steps
to set things right," Tattersfield said.

Mr Tattersfield says it is not clear for low long the office
will remain closed.

Typhoid is a persistent problem in PNG, where schools and other
facilities have been closed because of outbreaks in the past.

June 5, 2003

ABC News Online: http://abc.net.au/news/ 

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment