One new case of typhoid in Tonga outbreak

There are now 12 confirmed cases of typhoid in Tonga’s outbreak of the disease, which began since January.

Yesterday the Ministry of Health said ongoing testing had identified one more person infected.

The youngest of these patients was 5-year-old while the eldest was 62-year-old.

The Ministry has warned the public that kava drinkers and caterers at where typhoid patients are, were prohibited from going to other places to drink kava or providing food and drink.

As we reported the Ministry announced an outbreak after it found 11 typhoid patients had been identified in Tongatapu last week.

As a matter of routine, it was followed by a public educational health programme on radio and television and health officers visited the villages.

This included spraying of chlorine in the areas where typhoid candidates were staying.

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