CONTAGIOUS DISEASE CASES INCREASE AFTER FIJI FLOODS

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‘Widespread’ leptospirosis, dengue and typhoid affecting hundreds

By Ropate Valemei

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 25, 2012) – Health Minister Dr. Neil Sharma said there are 37 confirmed cases of leptospirosis, 12 cases of dengue fever and 12 cases of typhoid.

He said it is not an outbreak as cases are widespread and not confined to a particular area.

"Figures that were released earlier today reflect total numbers from January to April, 2012 and is not a true indication of the current statistics in the Western Division," he said.

The minister says the decrease in number of cases is an indication that preventative measures are being taken seriously by the public.

The ministry's communicable diseases national adviser Dr. Mike Kama earlier in the day had stated that they had recorded 323 cases of dengue fever, 279 of leptospirosis and 174 typhoid cases after the January and March floods.

He said there were 160 dengue, 236 leptospirosis and 117 typhoid cases in the Western Division.

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