23 Mar 2010

Fiji ministry says no sign of typhoid spreading in cyclone aftermath

12:16 pm on 23 March 2010

Fiji's health ministry says there's no indication that a group of sick people in Labasa suffer from typhoid.

UNICEF said yesterday they had discovered 16 people in one village with bloody diarrhoea and are concerned it could be typhoid.

Fiji is experiencing a typhoid outbreak with 114 people confirmed ill and health officials are worried about its possible further spread following cyclone Tomas.

The public health deputy secretary, Jo Koroivueta, says the Labasa patients are in a stable condition.

"There were 8 cases reported. One was admitted to the hospital and the others have either recovered and some have been treated as outpatients. It's very unlikely from a clinical aspect to be typhoid. At this point in time we don't have the cause. The patients have been managed with antibiotics and rehydration."

Jo Koroivueta says there has been no report of more typhoid cases, but he adds they have not managed to communicate with the health teams in the all areas.