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New cases of typhoid reported from Leimatu’a, Vava’u

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 01/03/2019

The Public Health Unit of Prince Wellington Ngu hospital in Vava’u is closely monitoring the typhoid outbreak at Leimatu’a, after three people were confirmed cases, since the beginning of the year.

The first case was recorded in January and reports from the Hospital say, after few weeks his nephew was diagnosed with typhoid and he’s a healthy carrier.

A carrier is a person that has become infected, but who displays no signs nor symptoms.

A second man was confirmed with typhoid the following weeks.

Health Officials had to close down the primary school for general clean up, to specifically ensure it is safe and hygienic for the children.

It is believed the cause of the outbreak is due to open pit toilets as many homes in the village are still using these traditional facilities.

Health officials are urging the public to practice hygienic lifestyle to avoid contracting typhoid fever.

Typhoid fever spreads through contaminated food and water or through close contact with someone who’s infected.

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