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New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome (NZPS), Health Bulletin # 8

Posted by feww on April 4, 2008

[New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome (NZPS), Health Bulletin # 8. Outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka, April 4, 2008]

Salmonella Outbreak

An outbreak of a rare strain of salmonella is spreading throughout New Zealand.

The salmonella mbandaka outbreak has claimed 28 reported cases, 10 in the Nelson Marlborough district. A woman infected with salmonella mbandaka recently died in Nelson; however, the date of her death has not been reveled. The New Zealand Government has also failed to disclose the timeline of the outbreak.

According to the director of public health, the cause of outbreak is unknown. The salmonella bacteria usually live in the gut of domestic and wild animals, including poultry, pigs, cattle and pets.

Symptoms included diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, nausea, vomiting and headache.

Risk factors in New Zealand include contact with farm animals and pets, food prepared in unsanitary conditions (the highest risk), drinking contaminated water and overseas travel during the incubation period. Contact with recreational water and infected persons, though less commonly reported, pose a risk. Report


Salmonella Bacteria

Safety Precautions

If you must travel to New Zealand AVOID

  • Coming into contact with pets and farm animals (and people with pets and farm animals)
  • Swimming in untreated water
  • Consuming meat products
  • Drinking tap water

For people outside New Zealand:

  • Avoid coming into contact with people traveling from New Zealand
  • Do not consume food products imported from New Zealand

Previous New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome (NZPS), Health Bulletins:

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For further information visit CDC Salmonella Infection (Salmonellosis)

CDC Salmonella Infection (Salmonellosis)

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Says Here You’re South African!

Posted by feww on April 3, 2008

Professional [non-white] migrants face [severe] discrimination in New Zealand

The New Zealand Herald
11:11AM Friday April 04, 2008

Highly skilled immigrants struggle to find jobs in New Zealand because they come up against a wall of discrimination from both potential employers and recruitment consultants, a Massey University study has found.

The Wellington-based study by human resource management lecturer Jacqui Campbell and communication lecturer Mingsheng Li unearthed disturbing evidence that many new arrivals remained unemployed or accepted unskilled work because of racism. Report.

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Bend Over, Spread Your Legs and say Baa . . .

Posted by te2ataria on April 1, 2008

Air New Zealand Fumigates Passengers

Like a herd of diseased sheep, Air New Zealand passengers were fumigated after a government agency discovered that an aircraft’s ‘biosecurity’ clearance had expired.

According to a passenger, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity (otherwise he could lose his job, or worse, for exercising his freedom of speech), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry officers wearing chemical/biological hazard protection suits boarded the plane at Auckland International Airport and manually fumigated all passengers.

“All we heard was that this was a MAF requirement. It was like how they used to do things on planes about 20 years ago, but I still thought it was pretty strange,” he said.

The spraying left passengers with sore throats and caused at least one baby to gag and vomit.

MAF officers took about five minutes to fumigate the plane before leaving the passengers to sit in “a thick fog” as they sealed the door shut behind them, according to another passenger.

“It was pretty concerning to see that and there were other passengers having to hold their noses and cover their mouths,” he said. “It was something akin to a sauna, not the heat but the look of the place and the longer it went on the foggier it became, it was ridiculous.

“Even now I have a real raspy throat so you could imagine what the effect would be on an infant.”

It’s not clear what kind of chemicals the government agents used, or what long term side effects the fumigated passenger might encounter. Full Report

Pregnant travelers, parents traveling with young children, especially infants and toddlers, young adults, people with heart conditions, or a history of blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, or similar medical conditions are strongly advised not to fly Air New Zealand to avoid possible fumigation.

Let’s hope they don’t start mulesing the passengers like they do their sheep!


This is your captain speaking: We’ve just landed at Auckland International Airport.
When the MAF agents approach you, bend over, spread your legs and say Baa, Baa . . .

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