Source: Radio New
Zealand, 3 April 2017
Public health officials are trying to trace the path of a
typhoid outbreak that has hospitalised 10 people in
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) said it was
tracing people who had been in touch with the people confirmed to
have had the disease, and was trying to control its spread.
Typhoid is a serious illness which can be potentially fatal,
although it is treatable with antibiotics.
Symptoms include a high fever developing over several days,
headaches, general weakness and muscle aches.
Stomach pain and constipation are also common, with some victims
Medical Officer of Health David Sinclair said the disease was
spread mainly through water and food, but could be spread person to
Dr Sinclair said the outbreak had developed over the past 10
days or so and the patients were from a range of places in central
and southern parts of Auckland.
He said those in hospital were quite unwell.
"These are people who have been admitted to hospital because
their symptoms are quite severe, and quite a large proportion of
people who develop typhoid fever do get admitted to hospital for
antibiotic treatment and assessment."
Most of the typhoid cases in New Zealand were imported, from
people coming back into the country, either with symptoms or as
carriers, mainly from the Pacific or southeast Asia.
Dr Sinclair said basic hand-washing was one of the best methods
of protection and urged anyone with symptoms to see a doctor.