12 Jan 2009

Fiji Health Ministry warns of post-flooding disease threat

6:17 pm on 12 January 2009

People in flood stricken Fiji are being warned that diseases such as typhoid could break out in the aftermath of massive flooding.

At least six people have died, two are missing and more than 9,000 people have been evacuated.

The Fiji Ministry of Health says the flooding has brought with it the risk of a number of infectious diseases including typhoid, leptospirosis, dengue fever, diarrhoea and scabies.

It says food should be protected from insects and rats, and drinking water from human and animal contamination.

The Ministry also says shoes should be worn outdoors at all times and using insect repellent and mosquito nets is imperative to ward off dengue.

New Zealand is donating 100-thousand dollars towards relief efforts in Fiji.