2 Mar 2010

Typhoid spreading in Fiji

3:38 pm on 2 March 2010

An outbreak of typhoid in Fiji is spreading rapidly, with 99 people now confirmed with the disease.

Deputy secretary of public health Josefa Koroivueta says 55 people have been infected with typhoid in the past week and the illness is spreading to new areas, Radio New Zealand International reports.

Typhoid is transmitted by bacteria and the health ministry suspects contaminated water to be the source in one area, and food in the other areas.

Health teams are in the affected areas to educate the public about good hygiene and to help contain the outbreak, Dr Koroivueta says.