27 Jun 2014

Fiji confirms 8 cases of typhoid

10:25 am on 27 June 2014

Fiji's Ministry of Health has confirmed eight typhoid cases in the Suva area in the past month.

A spokesman Sunil Chandra says the people who have become unwell are all from the same community which has seen cases of typhoid in the past.

He says good hygiene practices are vital to prevent diseases like typhoid, but the Ministry says it is monitoring the situation and the matter is under control.

"Typhoid cases, its not a big one. Its a small community area in the interior of Suva where just a handful of people have caught the disease at the moment."

The World Health Organisation says typhoid fever is a bacterial disease and symptoms include high fever, malaise and rose coloured spots on the chest up to three weeks after exposure.