18 Mar 2005

Typhoid outbreak in Fiji

4:10 pm on 18 March 2005

Fiji's health ministry has confirmed a typhoid fever outbreak in the country.

The Pacnews news agency says as of last week, 27 clinical cases of typhoid fever reported in the central, eastern and northern divisions of the country.

The acting chief executive officer for the ministry, Dr Salimoni Tuqa, says the cases were reported from health centres around Suva and on the islands of Levuka, Rabi, Taveuni and Rotuma.

Dr Tuqa says this confirms ongoing transmission of typhoid fever in the known outbreak clusters raising health concerns over basic sanitation and food handling practices.

Members of the public have been advised to exercise strict cleanliness and safe practices for the preparation of food and drinking water.