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Hepatitis A outbreak hits Auckland

Posted by te2ataria on March 2, 2012

At least 19 cases of hepatitis A infection confirmed including schoolchildren

“At this time it is unknown how the disease was initially contracted. We are currently working with the cases to determine the source of the disease and prevent further spread,” said Auckland Regional Public Health Service spokesman.

In developing countries, and in regions with poor hygiene standards, the incidence of infection with this virus is high and the illness is usually contracted in early childhood.

“If a parent is concerned that their child may have been exposed to hepatitis A infection and they are unwell, we ask that they stay away from school, childcare centres and social events and contact their doctor. Hepatitis A is diagnosed by a blood test.”

Hepatitis A (formerly known as infectious hepatitis and epidemical virus) is an acute infectious disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (Hep A).

Children infected with hepatitis A can develop jaundice; teenagers and adults can be more seriously affected by the virus.

The virus spreads by the fecal-oral route and infections often occur in conditions of poor sanitation and overcrowding. Hepatitis A can be transmitted by the parenteral route but very rarely by blood and blood products. Food-borne outbreaks are not uncommon,and ingestion of shellfish cultivated in polluted water is associated with a high risk of infection.

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Another Outbreak of Norovirus in NZ Hospitals

Posted by te2ataria on June 12, 2009

New Zealand: KEEP OUT!

New Zealand Visitor Health Alert (Health Bulletin # 27): Explosive Rise in the Cases of Infectious Disease:

Highly Contagious Gastrointestinal Bug Norovirus

If you are visiting New Zealand, and you really know better not to do so, avoid New Zealand hospitals like plague.

Dozens of people have been infected with the highly contagious bug norovirus in in New Zealand hospitals. However, only two hospitals have reported the outbreaks, Waikato and Timaru.

“Timaru’s Ranui Free Kindergarten is closed today because of a case of the highly contagious gastrointestinal bug, while the hospital is dealing with six more suspected cases, taking the total to 33.” A report said.

Waikato Hospital has also reported the outbreak of norovirus.

Norovirus is a bacteria found in human feces.  Marine contamination occurs when raw sewage is discharged into coastal waters.  The common symptoms of illness from norovirus include nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, chills and aching muscles.

At least two dozen people have been killed and many others sickened by varios  outbreaks of norovirus in New Zealand in the past 12 months.

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