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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

Sent by a concerned reader

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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The sad state of our 100% pure, crunchy, yellowish green water…

Posted by te2ataria on January 23, 2016


Canterbury artist protesting at the “sad state” of the Selwyn River

Canterbury artist Mike Glover, of Springston, has designed a “protest sign” aimed at the Selwyn District Council to take action on improving Selwyn’s heavily polluted waters.

“With high E.coli levels and toxic algae warnings, it is tough to find a safe spot to have a dip in Selwyn this summer, Glover said. The water quality grading of the Selwyn River at the Upper Selwyn Huts has been ‘very poor’ for years,” he said. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/mid-canterbury-selwyn/76145756/pointed-protest-over-selwyn-river-water-quality

“As a local resident and ratepayer I’ve looked at the ‘Temporary Health Warning’ sign here for many years.”

Glover’s 10-year-old daughter cannot swim at the river, because swimming is not permitted there.

“A whole generation of kids is growing up thinking the swimming pool is the place to swim as the river is too polluted,” he said.

“The temporary health warning sign is older than my girl and… [it] is an insult to the people who live here, pay their rates and deserve better.”

“The water quality in the lower Selwyn River – from Coes Ford down – is affected by intensive land use. Recent rule changes and the collaborative measures of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy are leading to improved land management in the area and we expect to see improved water quality as a result of this,” said ECan’s senior surface water science manager Tim Davie

Selwyn District Council David Ward told Stuff the river was not a council issue. [comes under  divine jurisdiction, perhaps?]

Surely, the water in Marlborough Sounds is 100% pure and green?

Marlborough Sounds shellfish: one bite on the fish and you are a vegetable!
The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a public health warning after routine tests of shellfish samples at Onapua Bay, in the Tory Channel, showed unsafe levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.

Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten.

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning could cause symptoms between 10 minutes and three hours after eating, the warning said.

Symptoms could include numbness and tingling, difficulty swallowing or breathing, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, paralysis, respiratory failure, and in severe cases, death.

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