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Who needs clean water in New Zealand?

Posted by te2ataria on May 10, 2017

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If clean water is “fundamental to the citizens of this country” why isn’t it properly protected by law?

If  “there is nothing more fundamental to the citizens of this country than clean water,” then why, oh why, have you failed after decades of mis-government to properly protect it by law, Mr Attorney-General?

The gastro outbreak in Havelock North which sickened more than 5,000 in August 2016 “is unacceptable for a developed country,” the government has finally admitted.

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson, who has just woken up from his Zombie state hibernation, has told all councils to take note of the official findings [or else what?] of an initial report that has criticised Hastings District Council and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for failing to safeguard the town’s drinking water.

“All local authorities need immediately – not wait until Stage 2, immediately – check their processes. There is nothing more fundamental to the citizens of this country than clean water.”

Follow the story at http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/330484/govt-warns-all-councils-over-drinking-water

Four out of five NZers are the only “minority” to “face serious financial hardship” in this country

“Most NZers face serious financial hardship in buying a house – analysis

Four out of five New Zealanders face serious financial hardship if they were to buy a house, government data shows. [See blog analysis for home ownership and affordability.]

Why should buying a house on a mortgage for NZers be like a 30-year prison sentence?

Deadly or Near Fatal Police Chases…

Driver near-fatally injured in police chase near Oamaru

Yet another driver is in a critical condition following a crash near Palmerston (near Oamaru) this afternoon.

“Around 4:23pm the driver, who was driving at speed, failed to stop for Police and a short pursuit was initiated on the Herbert-Hampden Road, SH1.

“Approximately two minutes later the driver has crossed the centre line, crashed and rolled their vehicle off the road.” http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/serious-crash-near-oamaru

 

 

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Woman contracts Guillain Barre syndrome after drinking tap water in Havelock North, NZ

Posted by te2ataria on September 15, 2016

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Victim one of 5,200 people infected by campylobacter in Havelock North gastro outbreak

Single mum April Singh, 41, has been diagnosed with Guillain Barre syndrome, a serious neurological disorder, after contracting campylobacteriosis from drinking infected tap water during Havelock North’s gastro outbreak in August.

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) can develop after a campylobacter infection.

“GBS is an autoimmune disorder, where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. The immune cells attack the myelin sheath – the fatty substance covering nerve fibres. The myelin sheath insulates and protects the nerve fibres and assists with the passage of impulses throughout the nervous system. If the myelin sheath is damaged, messages from the brain may be slowed or blocked completely.”

The Indian mother of eight, who works as a cleaner, said she “couldn’t vacuum or stand for long periods of time. I’m a pretty strong person and this isn’t me.”

“I’ve gone from being a real strong person to being a weakling,” she said.

Singh, who was in considerable pain, was misdiagnosed at the Hastings medical centre on September 3. “She was told there that she may have fibromyalgia and she went home. Five days later, when things hadn’t improved, she went to her GP, who sent her to hospital,” said a report.

At least 111 people [2.32 per 100,000 people] with GBS are hospitalized in New Zealand each year and a third of of them are related to campylobacter.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/84289991/havelock-north-woman-with-guillain-barre-syndrome-may-never-drink-tap-water-again

NZ’s long-running Campylobacter epidemic from poultry: Now with antibiotic resistance

NZ is known as the “Campylobacter capital of the world” in food safety circles for having the highest rates reported by any country. Now that our rates have halved (due to past regulations [9]) we may, thankfully, have slipped from first place, but our rate (150 per 100,000 in 2014 [4]) is still much higher than other countries we typically compare ourselves with. It is more than 10 times that of the US (13 per 100,000 in 2014 [10]) and more than 50% higher than Australia (94 per 100,000 in 2013 [11]). Largely eliminating poultry as a source could virtually halve our incidence and show that we can manage this food safety problem effectively.

NZ’s reputation as a trusted exporter of safe food took a battering following the botulism and milk powder scare in August 2013 (the “whey protein concentrate incident”). We need to demonstrate our low tolerance of food contaminated with real microbial hazards, as is clearly the situation with Campylobacter in fresh chicken.

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Safe in New Zealand: Havelock North gastro followed by E. coli contamination in Hastings

Posted by te2ataria on August 20, 2016

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WTF: Victims of Havelock North gastro outbreak could develop auto-immune disease

Small number of people hit by Havelock North campylobacter outbreak could develop a serious neurological condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome, says Professor Michael Baker, a leading public health academic of the department of public health at Otago University.

“Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS, sees the body’s immune system attack nerves that control movement and feeling. It develops one to two weeks after a campylobacter infection,” said a report.

Hastings water contaminated

“Test results this afternoon for the Hastings town supply produced positive results for E. coli bacteria. E. coli can be an indicator of faecal contamination and can cause gastric illness.

“Hastings’ water, supplied from an underground aquifer, is quite separate from the Havelock North town supply which was found to have been contaminated with campylobacter and led to more than 4000 people falling ill with symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, headaches and muscle pain,” according to a report.

Exposure to Toxic Poisoning in New Zealand Lakes and Waterways

New Zealand’s intensive animal industries produce about 4 times more manure than could safely be used as fertilizer, said a report.

New Zealand farmers used a total of 820,000 tons of fertilizers to their croplands in 1999 (204 kg/ha of cropland each year, about twice as much as the U.S. and 220 percent of the world average). New Zealand also uses about twice as much pesticides per hectare of cropland (2,215 kg/ha, 1996 data – more recent data not available.) than the U.S.

South Canterbury has highest rates of gastro illnesses in the South Island

“South Canterbury’s high rate of gastro illness is attributed to the high number of people in physical contact with farm animals either through work or on lifestyle blocks”, said a report.

The statistics (based on per 100,000 population) show 250 cases of campylobacteriosis for South Canterbury (compared to 180 nationally), 28 cryptosporidiosis (compared to 18 nationally), and 50 salmonellosis (compared to 22 nationally)

 

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All is well in New Zealand: Police confirm 5 sudden deaths in Kaitaia

Posted by te2ataria on August 18, 2016

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Five young males have died suddenly in Kaitaia in the past 12 weeks: Police

Police have confirmed at least five young males aged between 17 and 25 have “died suddenly” in Kaitaia since late May.

A spokeswoman said all were “sudden death incidents which we have attended, where our investigations lead us to believe the person has taken their own life”.

“We pass our investigation findings to the Coroner, who will ultimately make a ruling as to how a death has occurred,” she said.

Community leader Ricky Houghton of He Korowai Trust said earlier today that the five deaths reflected “a community in crisis”.

“The people are feeling doomed. There’s a sense of hopelessness and helplessness of the young people,” he said.

NZ Govt launches water supply inquiry after thousands fall sick

“The New Zealand government launched an inquiry on Thursday into the contamination of a regional water supply that has left thousands of people sick with vomiting and diarrhoea” said a report.

The outbreak of campylobacter bacteria, an acute form of gastroenteritis, has sickened around 3,000 people, prompting the government to officials said.

About half of those are in the town of Havelock North on New Zealand’s North Island, about 250 km (155 miles) northeast of the capital Wellington, where schools have been closed and medical facilities overloaded.

“The situation in Havelock North is concerning,” Minister for Health Jonathan Coleman said in a statement. “It is important that the public has confidence in their water supply.”

“New Zealand [deceptively] touts its clean, green image abroad under a ‘100 percent pure [manure]’ campaign to attract tourists, as well as to highlight its food and water safety as a hallmark of its premium [tainted] export products.”

Gastro outbreak: Mushroom farm linked to previous water contamination
“In October last year, E. coli was found in a well at the Brookvale borefield, which draws water from the Te Mata aquifer, providing all of Havelock North’s water.”

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