28 Sep 2006

Fiji struggling to contain typhoid on Vanua Levu

3:17 pm on 28 September 2006

Fiji's department of health says it is struggling to contain a typhoid outbreak.

The director of public health, Dr Lepani Waqatakirewa, says he is worried about how long it is taking to get the disease under control.

He says the department is trying to educate and create more awareness of the issue.

Dr Waqatakirewa says it is difficult to contain typhoid, as it requires people to exercise strict cleanliness and proper human waste disposal.

"One of the islands in Fiji, Vanua Levu, is where the epicentre is of the typhoid outbreak, and the latest report is that it has reached 300 already, so it is of concern."

Dr Waqatakirewasays Fiji has also just had a recent outbreak of measles, but that is now under control.