SAMOAN TYPHOID OUTBREAK DENIED BUT INFLUENZA AFFECTING MANY

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By Keni Ramese Lesa

APIA, Samoa (December 31, 2000 - Samoa Observer/PINA Nius Online)---Rumors that there is an outbreak of the typhoid fever in Samoa have been denied by the heads of Apia's two hospitals.

The Head of Medcen Hospital, Dr. Emosi Puni, was asked for comment after unconfirmed reports that several people contracted the disease. Dr. Puni said that Medcen had diagnosed people with flu, but he dismissed speculation about an outbreak of typhoid fever.

"We’ve been busy over the weekend with patients who have normal fever relating to the influenza but as far as typhoid fever is concerned we have not had any cases like that," Dr. Puni explained. Because of the wet season, Dr. Puni said it was not unusual for people to be diagnosed with flu.

Dr. Viali Lameko, of Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, also denied a typhoid fever outbreak. He said Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital has been kept busy with children diagnosed with fever, but none of them had typhoid.

"We haven’t had any typhoid fever cases. All I know is that we have been really busy with children with the flu." He also said it was this time of the year when people were most likely to catch the flu.

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