[New Zealand Death Syndrome (NZDS), Health Bulletin # 15. Outbreak of Norovirus, August 19, 2008]
At least four major outbreaks of highly infectious gastro-intestinal norovirus have been reported throughout in New Zealand’s south Island. In two Dunedin hospitals about 100 people have been affected. In Otago at least 47 patients and 79 medical staff have been infected by the virus since August 1. In Greymouth another outbreak in a rest home has been comfirmed by the health officials. About 50 percent of the residents and medical staff have caught the viral sickness.
It’s not known how many peopled have been killed since the outbreak started.
Norovirus affects people of all ages. The viruses are transmitted by food or water which is contaminated with feces and by person-to-person contact.
The disease is characterized by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. General lethargy, weakness, muscle aches, headache, and fever. Symptoms may persist for several days and may become life-threatening in the young, the elderly, and the immune-compromised. (Read more).
New Zealand food and personal hygiene is one of the worst in the world.
- How Dangerous is New Zealand for visitors, Asians, women, children?
- Previous Health warnings (since Feb 6, 2008 )
- Urgent Health Warning: Outbreak of Norovirus in New Zealand (June 18, 2008 )