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Typhoid outbreak confirmed

Luisa Qiolevu
Friday, August 26, 2016

MINISTER for Health Jone Usamate has confirmed there was an outbreak of typhoid around the country following Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

In an interview with this newspaper, Mr Usamate said his team received reports from villages in Tailevu and Macuata.

"We received few cases of typhoid from Naduri area in the North," he said.

"We received typhoid cases from areas of Tailevu North after the cyclone.

"But since then we have not heard of these cases."

For their work on Koro Island, Mr Usamate said most villagers remained on Viti Levu with relatives after their evacuation from the island.

He said most villagers decided to leave the island after the massive destruction by Severe TC Winston to villages.

"A lot of villagers on Koro have started moving and we will always offer them our help," he said.

Mr Usamate said they were still working on sanitation projects in villages on Koro.

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