3 Mar 2009

Another increase in water-borne illness in Fiji

9:44 pm on 3 March 2009

There's been another increase in water-borne illness in Fiji following the flooding in January.

The floods killed eleven people, while four people have died in the aftermath from leptospirosis.

The Ministry of Health recorded 78 new cases of water born illnesses.

It reports that 16 people are now suffering from leptosirosis, 143 from dengue fever, 666 from diarhhoea, and more than 1000 from viral infections.

The Ministry reports that another 23 suffer from typhoid fever.

It advises people to clear all water containers around their houses to avoid mosquitoes from breeding, and to boil all drinking water.