8 Jun 2010

Quarantine for Fiji province over typhoid outbreak

3:18 pm on 8 June 2010

A month-long quarantine period comes into force today for villagers in Fiji's remote Navosa province as part of efforts to contain a typhoid outbreak.

Three typhoid deaths in the region forced authorities to embark on a vaccination and containment campaign.

Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma says 5,500 people in the area will have been vaccinated by tomorrow and they're now subject to additional public health measures.

"That means no congregation of people in large gatherings. We are going to cut out the sports, cut out the large gatherings where people meet and socialise and there's a risk of infection.."

Dr Sharma says health authorities are planning to take a similar campaign nationwide to deal with typhoid outbreaks in other areas.