5 Nov 2002

New Zealand government hasn't apologised to Samoa over media report

12:48 pm on 5 November 2002

The New Zealand government has not apologised to the Samoan government over a television report concerning the incidence of typhoid.

A highly placed source says earlier media reports that there was an apology are incorrect.

A letter was sent to the Samoan government which simply stated that neither the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Ministry of Health had issued formal travel advisories about typhoid but a press release reminded people to take precautions.

200 people have contracted typhoid this year according to Samoa's communicable diseases committee.

The letter described a tv news report about typhoid in Samoa as misleading but also called for full information on notifiable diseases.

It's reported that there's been a significant drop in typhoid cases in the last few months.