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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 4) – Classes at Anglimp High School in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands province have been suspended and 453 students sent home following reports of a typhoid outbreak.

Health authorities have attributed the outbreak to contaminated drinking water and unhygienic toilet facilities.

District health inspector Roy Milling said checks have revealed foreign particles in the water tank used by the students. And their toilets were also in very bad conditions.

However, there have been no serious ill-health or deaths reported.

Health officers are now in the school looking into and trying to bring the problem under control.

Students were also given medication before they left for home, Mr Milling said.

He also appealed to the people to boil all drinking water, and to keep their homes and toilets clean at all times.

July 5, 2005

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