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Paratyphoid Fever

You may be aware Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is following up ten cases of Paratyphoid Fever.hands 2238235 640
Paratyphoid Fever is a serious illness. People with the disease will have a fever, chills, headache, possibly a rash and may also get severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is following up links to the disease with recreationally gathered mussels from the Napier Marina Area. The mussels were also served at two tangi taking place at the following Marae:

  • Te Aranga Marae, Flaxmere on 28 – 30 August
  • Tangoio Marae on 11 – 13 September

The District Health Board, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and local authorities (councils) would like to make sure food handlers are aware of the risks.

As per your usual procedures, hand washing is very important and it is critical that any food handlers who are or have been sick do not handle food.

  • Paratyphoid fever can be passed on via food and drink that have been handled by a person who has been sick and passing the bacteria in their faeces (poos).
  • Sick food handlers should stay away from work, inform the person they report to at work and make contact with their GP and tell them they have eaten shellfish from the tangi or Napier marina.
  • Hawke’s Bay District Health Board will assess the illness and determine the need for faecal (poos) specimens to clear the person to return to work.

4 October 2017

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