DISEASE SCARE ROCKS FIJI VILLAGES

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By Margaret Wise

SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 30, 1999 - Fiji Times/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---Raw sewage, dead cattle and poor drainage pose serious health problems in western Fiji, the Fiji Times reports.

Yesterday health authorities mounted an intensive campaign in flood-affected areas as fears of an outbreak of disease rose.

The immediate danger is from dirty drinking water, the overflow of raw sewage from pit toilets, dead animals and drainage problems.

Health inspectors at Tavua used chemicals to destroy mosquito breeding sites at Nabuna and Vanuakula.

The communities were hardest hit by last week's floods.

Advice on the handling of flood and water has been aired regularly on radio.

Assistant Health Inspector Tavua Temo Veiqaravi said: "The risk is always there. With some places without proper piped water, our main concern is the spread of diarrhea and dengue fever."

Vanuakula is partly submerged, the village ground a huge mess of silt and muck.

Neighboring Nabuna is without water.

Title -- 1895 DISASTERS: Disease scare rocks Fiji villages Date -- 30 January 1999 Byline -- Margaret Wise Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Fiji Times, 30/1/99 Copyright -- Fiji Times

Status -- Abridged

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