23 Nov 2010

PNG cholera outbreak in Daru stablising

2:32 pm on 23 November 2010

The outbreak of cholera in Daru, the capital of Papua New Guinea's Western Province, appears to be stabilising.

A team from the World Health Organisation assessed the situation last week and as of yesterday, the number of cases was 870 in Daru Hospital and a total of 30 confirmed deaths.

The WHO PNG representative Dr William Adu-Crow, says the severity of the outbreak has declined and fewer people are being admitted to hospital, with about 200 new cases over the past three days.

"I think in Daru it is contained. The cases that we are getting indicates that for the Daru township. However we are not very confident that we can say it is contained in terms of what is coming from the mainland and that is what we keep monitoring."

Dr William Adu-Crow says five regions in the Western Province are still reporting new cases of cholera each day and deaths possibly related to the disease.