Tourism Fiji has advised there is no cause for alarm following the report of some cases of typhoid in five villages in the remote Navosa Province on the big island of Viti Levu.
The national tourist office’s CEO Josefa Tuamoto said the region is located more than 50 kilometres inland from any of the destination’s main tourism belts and well off the beaten track.
Tourists visiting Fiji, he said, had no cause for alarm and that the Fijian government was keeping a very close eye on the situation.
However Mr Tuamoto said anyone visiting the isolated area should heed the local medical authority’s advice and only drink bottled water.
They should also exercise caution when joining in kava ceremonies.
Mr Tuamoto said the situation was a timely reminder that all international travellers need make sure all inoculations are up to date before setting off overseas.
His comments echo long standing advice contained in many countries’ official government travel advisories regarding travel anywhere in the South Pacific.