Typhoid Claims First Casualty

A person has died and two others are admitted at the Rakiraki hospital after they contacted typhoid.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services, in a statement, termed it an outbreak of typhoid fever in Lau Settlement in Ra.

“There have been six cases of typhoid fever from three linked households in this settlement reported from September to December this year, with two in September, two in November, and two in December.

“Three of the people with typhoid were admitted to Rakiraki hospital. One person has sadly died, while the remaining five have since recovered after treatment.”

Typhoid fever is a disease caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria that spreads from infected persons to others through fecal contamination of food or water. Health officials are on the ground carrying out tests.

Contact tracing and follow-up including identifying others who may have been exposed are continuing to ensure they receive appropriate monitoring and treatment.

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