Sunday, December 30, 2012

Outbreak still unknown

More people are being infected by the malaria type disease outbreak in East New Britain as health authorities await results from blood samples sent to the Medical Research Institute.

As the wait continues for the identification of the disease, the number of infections increase at hot spots around the province.

Health Advisor, Nicholas Larme says Tapipi health centre in the Toma Vunadidir Local level government is seeing around 150 to 200 patients daily with symptoms of high fever, muscle and joint aches including skin rashes.

Mapping out the disease has been conducted by the health response task force for the outbreak, since the first case was reported, at Gelegele health centre, 5 weeks prior to the PNG Games in Kokopo.

Reports of the disease have also come from Vunapaka, Butuwin clinic, Vunapope hospital, Rabaul town clinic and Nonga Hospital.

In the meantime, Rapid Diagnostic Testing kits for testing blood slides for malaria, are used at all health facilities with adequate medical supplies to systematically treat the symptoms.