13 May 2011

Emergency measures for Fiji's typhoid hotspot

1:14 pm on 13 May 2011

A two-week public health emergency is in force in the Fiji province of Bua in an effort to control typhoid.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Peni Namotu, says there is a hotspot in Bua with 41 confirmed cases.

He says the emergency regulations limit movement to and from the province, prohibit mass gatherings and provide extra resources and education about the illness.

"People have to remain in their villages to prevent carriers from moving around and spreading typhoid to other villages. So we have to impose a public health emergency at this present time for the next two weeks."

Peni Namotu says the total number of people with typhoid in Fiji is declining overall since the start of the year.