MASS gatherings at Draubuta Village in Navosa are now forbidden under the instructions of the Health Ministry in an effort to curb the transmission of typhoid.
The national adviser on communicable diseases, Dr Mike Kama, said the preventative measure was enforced after three more villagers tested positive for typhoid this month.
He said the number of villagers tested positive now stood at 11.
"Eleven confirmed and six suspected cases have been detected so far at Draubuta," said Dr Kama
"For the current month there have been three confirmed cases and two suspected cases.
"The intersectoral team from Nadroga-Navosa has stopped mass and small gatherings and restricted travel or external interactions - this is intended to halt the transmission cycle of the disease."
Dr Kama said communication and education on typhoid prevention and control awareness campaigns were being conducted at the village.
"Campaign and training focuses mainly on hygiene and sanitation - like handwashing.
"Village profiling is also being done to profile all health determinants in the village using a generic assessment tool.
"The completion of a holistic health profile for Draubuta Village is expected to facilitate the formulation and implementation of a sustainable typhoid containment and mitigation plan for the village."
Dr Kama said a village health committee had also been formed.
"The recently diagnosed case does not really live in Draubuta Village but gave his address as such which is rather common in our settings.
"We have decided to include him in the Draubuta Village typhoid listing given that he mentioned that he's from Draubuta, his residence is located on the way to Draubuta, and he interacts frequently with Draubuta villagers."