Minister of Health Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete announced the presence of typhoid fever in Naitasiri province (Viti Levu) on Saturday, December 8. According to the statement, there are 31 confirmed cases of typhoid fever and 14 additional suspected cases, all located in Naitasiri. Waqainabete advised people to defer nonessential travel to the affected region.
Typhoid fever is a potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by Salmonella Typhi, usually contracted via ingestion of contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the disease can include high fever, diarrhea, rash, headache, and abdominal pain.
Individuals in or traveling to Fiji are advised to avoid nonessential travel to the affected region, only consume bottled or treated water, eat thoroughly cooked foods, disinfect and/or peel raw fruits and vegetables, wash hands frequently, seek medical attention if experiencing the above symptoms, and consult a doctor regarding vaccination options.
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