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NZ Visitor Health Alert Bulletins # 32, 33, 34

Posted by te2ataria on January 24, 2010

NZ Visitor Health Alert Bulletin # 32

Highly Contagious Mystery Bug Contaminating NZ Campsites

If you are visiting New Zealand, and you really ought to know better NOT to, don’t use the camping sites!

Holiday From Hell. A highly contagious mystery bug alleged to be Gastrointestinal Norovirus is contaminating New Zealand campsites.

In the latest incident a Golden Bay camping ground was forced to close down and its campers quarantined on site after up to 150 campers were struck by vomiting and diarrhea as a result of the bug.

“Camper Gwyn Edwards told The Press his group of 10 adults and children had arrived at Golden Bay camping ground, north of Takaka, on Sunday, a week after the virus began appearing, but were not warned and all became sick.” NZPA reported.

“On Monday night quite a few people went down with it, and by Tuesday night it was like a war zone.”

He said the camp’s facilities were too inadequate and unable to cope without hot water or disinfectant.

“A  visited the Golden Bay Holiday Park at Tukurua Beach in the Tasman district on Wednesday, finding the campground’s facilities overwhelmed by up to 50 new cases of sickness in the camp, the Nelson Mail reported.”

Nearly all of the campers had experienced illness, as of posting, before the camp was finally closed to new arrivals.

The cause of the outbreak was not known but the virus [assuming it’s Norovirous] could spread through water,  a local health inspector, Dr Kiddle, was quoted as saying.

NZ Visitor Health Alert Bulletin # 33

If you are visiting New Zealand, and you really ought to know better NOT to, avoid ending up in the hospitals.

Death-pitals. Dunedin Hospital, Tokoroa Hospital, Taranaki Hospital, Thames Hospital and Whangarei Area Hospital have been struck by one or more highly infectious viruses.

An estimated two to three hundred patients and hospital staff have been quarantined in the past week.

http://tvnz.co.nz/health-news/patients-isolated-bug-hits-hospital-3331069
http://www.3news.co.nz/Norovirus-bug-breakout-feared-at-second-hospital/tabid/423/articleID/137526/Default.aspx

NZ Visitor Health Alert Bulletin # 34

If you are visiting New Zealand, and you really ought to know better NOT to, try some New Zealand shellfish, not all shellfish are deadly here (!)

New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty health officials have issued a strong warning after up to eighty people fell ill from toxic shellfish poisoning.

“Medical Officer of Health Phil Shoemack says the risk has not gone away and two people have been admitted to hospital. At least another four people have been seen in Emergency Departments.” TV NZ reported.

“Dr Shoemack says there are anecdotal reports of others getting sick with classic paralytic shellfish poisoning symptoms of numbness and tingling round the mouth.”

Blog can confirm that the reports are true, rather than merely “anecdotal”

The area affected by paralytic shellfish poisoning runs from Tairua on the Coromandel, all the way south of the Bay of Plenty including Whakatane rivermouth.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/toxic-shellfish-warning-bay-plenty-3338806

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One Response to “NZ Visitor Health Alert Bulletins # 32, 33, 34”

  1. te2ataria said

    Sewage in creek blamed for campground bug
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10622304
    “Routine water quality testing by Tasman District Council staff on January 15 found high levels of E.coli contamination at the mouth of the Tukurua Stream, which runs through the campground.”

    “The level was 700 most probable number (mpn), well above the 240mpn which would see the council start ‘intensive monitoring'”.

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