Fiji Time: 11:54 PM on Tuesday 28 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Health concern

Shayal Devi
Saturday, October 26, 2013

A TEAM of health officials deployed to a rural settlement in Ba, yesterday found 33 cases of what is suspected to be hepatitis A.

Led by Dr Mike Kama, from the Fiji Centre for Communicable Disease Control, the team was sent to assess the situation after receiving a report on Monday of eight suspected cases from the Ba Mission Hospital.

"At the time, we received a report that there were only eight suspected cases," Dr Kama said.

"When we looked through the hospital records, we determined there were 33 such suspected cases. At the moment, we are not saying it's a hepatitis A outbreak but we will know all the information once we are sure what these suspected cases are."

The team yesterday visited affected households.

"We are saying it's a concern the increase in the number of suspected cases and we are looking at the possible methods of transmission, which is most commonly, contaminated water or food. The most probable way the disease could have come into the community is from outside."

"It could have been brought by someone abroad or outside this community and then spread internally.

"We are still trying to determine what's the cause."

He said two children were on the list of suspected cases.

"For Hepatitis, we usually see the symptoms in adults better.

"But if confirmation comes that this disease is in fact hepatitis, then our main targets will be keeping children safe.

"The results of whether it is hepatitis A will be determined soon as we are sending blood and stool samples to our laboratory in Suva."

Fact File

* Hepatitis A is an acute infectious disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus

* It is transmitted person to person by ingestion of contaminated food or water or through direct contact with an infectious person

* Symptoms are similar to hepatitis A, salmonella, typhoid or even leptospirosis

* The symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, internal body pain or light coloured stools

* Those experiencing these symptoms should isolate themselves from others and seek medical help as soon as possible





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fiji Airways logo designer dies at her home
  2. Fijians' test of faith
  3. Expensive destination
  4. Forum will miss Fiji
  5. Players fight for spot
  6. 'No' to review
  7. Fijians can still be part of proposals
  8. Police warning for vigilantes
  9. Police probe complaint
  10. Assault cases on the rise

Top Stories this Week

  1. Wrong body for burial Thursday (23 Apr)
  2. Children watch senseless beating Monday (27 Apr)
  3. Hunt for terrorist Thursday (23 Apr)
  4. Fatal night out Monday (27 Apr)
  5. Man found unconscious, pronounced dead Sunday (26 Apr)
  6. PM's office receives 1000 complaints Thursday (23 Apr)
  7. Rights over freehold land Wednesday (22 Apr)
  8. Principals fret over school meet Friday (24 Apr)
  9. Foreigners pick Fiji to tie the knot Thursday (23 Apr)
  10. Fiji Airways logo designer dies at her home Tuesday (28 Apr)