26 Feb 2004

100 Fiji students sent home in viral outbreak

8:50 am on 26 February 2004

A viral outbreak at one of Fiji's leading secondary schools for indigenous Fijians has resulted in more than 100 students being sent home.

The Fiji Sun reports that the outbreak is at Ratu Kadavulevu School, a government boarding school in Tailevu province.

Its deputy principal, Napolioni Bani, is quoted as saying most of the students were complaining of chest pains and severe headaches followed by vomitting.

Some were too weak to even walk or eat.

They were treated at Korovou Hospital and sent home to isolate them from other students still at school.

Doctors around Fiji are reporting that influenza and viral infections are on the rise because of the hot humid weather and constant rain.