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Posted by te2ataria on January 29, 2010

With thanks to Collins for the alert

kiwis swamp campsite despite fecal material in water supply

You can dispute some of the things they say about  kiwis, but their affinity for fecal matter cannot be challenged!

Campground still popular despite norovirus outbreak

NZPA – YAHOO News

Campers are still arriving at a Nelson campground despite being aware of an outbreak of the stomach bug norovirus.

The Golden Bay Holiday Park at Tukurua, near Takaka, had been closed to new campers since last Wednesday after about 120 holidaymakers became sick.

Some campers left during the weekend, but about 150 remained.

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board medical officer of health Ed Kiddle recommended the site remain closed until at least Thursday night after further people reported symptoms yesterday.

But new arrivals to the camp had been advised of the risks by the campground manager and still chose to stay, he said.

Information about the prevention and management of norovirus had been sent to other campgrounds in the area.

Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service district manager Peter Bassett said the campground’s owners reported having the situation under control on January 13 when they first notified the health board of the illness.

Last Wednesday, the health service received reports that it had become a major outbreak and was not under control, Mr Bassett said.

Public Health Service staff had been at the camp four times since to gather information about the spread of the illness and meet camp management.

Campers had been advised to boil their water after sewage contamination was found to be behind the outbreak.

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”.

Samples taken from the camp’s water supply also showed fecal material, Dr Kiddle said.

The campsite got its water from the Tukurua community supply, and it was treated at the camp.

Only the camp was required to boil its water, he said.

Council environment planning officer Dennis Bush-King said the council had been working on tracing where the contamination entered the creek.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/6728047/campground-still-popular-despite-norovirus-outbreak/     –Copyright Yahoo/NZPA

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