Epidemic Hazard – Pacific ocean – east – Tonga

EDIS Number: EH-20120315-34533-TON
Date / time: 15/03/2012 18:34:51 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - east
Country: Tonga
Location: [Tongatapu Island]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 2 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


There are 2 confirmed cases of typhoid in Tongatapu: the first cases of the year. Experts say that typhoid will continue to be present in the Kingdom unless carriers of the virus, who appear healthy, are identified and treated. Radio Tonga reports a teenage boy and a 5 year old child from Tatakamotonga are in Vaiola hospital getting specialist treatment for typhoid. They both live in Tatakamotonga, and had to go to hospital with a fever. Dr. Malakai ’Ake of Vaiola Hospital says it is likely that the patients contracted the virus because of poor hygiene. The two current typhoid cases lead doctors to believe that there are still people in Tongatapu who are carrying the virus, but are healthy and don’t appear infectious. The Ministry of Health has banned communal feasting. They will also test the family and friends of the two patients.

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