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Typhoid clarification

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, February 02, 2013

HURRICANES do not cause typhoid.

Minister for Health Doctor Neil Sharma stressed this point during an interview over reports of typhoid in the Western Division in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Evan. He said the media usually related natural disasters to typhoid cases.

"Let me correct that — typhoid is not caused by natural disasters such as cyclones but is with a person for sometime before it matures with the right conditions after natural disasters," he said.

"It is when hygiene levels are affected from the lack of proper water supplies and other necessities.

"Circumstances present after the natural disasters cause typhoid and not necessarily the disaster itself as thought by some.

"We have had to quarantine Koroboya in Ba after the disaster but we have not received any serious cases occasioning death.

"We are carrying out an assessment of the situation around the country and profiling communities to assess sanitation practices."

Dr Sharma also said they had not received reports of a typhoid outbreak up north.





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