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Dumb and the Dumbest

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


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.

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NZ Visitor Warning: E.coli detected in milk, listeria in yogurt

Posted by te2ataria on October 22, 2008

New Zealand Health Bulletin # 22. E.coli found in NZ milk, and listeria in yogurt products

E.coli bacteria was detected in milk from a dairy factory in New Zealand. The yogurt produced by the same factory was found to contain listeria.

The milk samples were found to contain “high levels” of E.coli. The contamination was most probably due to pasteurised milk coming into contact with fecal matter. E.coli can cause serious illnesses, including gastroenteritis.

The yogurt produced by the same factory, was found to contain listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes [Excerpt from Wikipedia]

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium commonly found in soil, stream water, sewage, plants, and food.[1] Each bacterium is gram-positive and rod-shaped. Listeria are known to be the bacteria responsible for listeriosis, a rare but lethal food-borne infection that has a devastating case fatality rate of 25%[2] (Salmonella, in comparison, has a less than 1% mortality rate[3]). They are incredibly hardy and able to grow in temperatures ranging from 4°C (39°F), the temperature of a refrigerator, to 37°C (99°F), the body’s internal temperature[1]. Furthermore, listerosis’s deadliness can be partially attributed to the infection’s ability to spread to the nervous system and cause meningitis.[1] Finally, Listeria has a particularly high occurrence rate in newborns because of its ability to infect the fetus by penetrating the endothelial layer of the placenta.[2]

Do NOT consume milk, or yogurt products from Happy Valley Dairies, bearing in mind that this may not be an isolated incident. Indeed, dairy products made by other New Zealand factories could be contaminated, since the dairy industry in NZ follows similar practices of food safety and hygiene.

On September 29, 2008, New Zealand’s Tatua Cooperative Dairy Company Ltd, one of the world’s largest exporters of dairy protein lactoferrin suspended exports because its products were found  to be contaminated by melamine.

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