23 Mar 2010

Fiji reports no additonal typhoid cases after Cyclone Tomas

1:35 pm on 23 March 2010

Fiji's Health Ministry says there have been no reports of more typhoid cases, but admits this could be due to poor communications following cyclone Tomas.

Fiji is experiencing a typhoid outbreak with 114 people affected since early this year and health officials are worried about a possible spread following last week's cyclone.

They are also concerned about other water-borne illnesses, such as leptospirosis and dengue.

The public health deputy secretary, Jo Koroivueta, says health teams are in the affected areas, but some of them were not able to give any feedback.

"Maybe it's a bit too early, but we haven't had any significant increase in the number of cases from last week, but after the cyclone the communication has been broken and that has affected reporting to us in terms of diseases and also health facility assessment."

Jo Koroivueta expects to hear back from the teams by next week.