Aucklanders’ typhoid warning
An Auckland woman who suffered a rare bout of typhoid earlier this year is urging people to take possible symptoms of the illness seriously. A typhoid outbreak linked to an Auckland church is believed to have ‘plateaued’ according to the Auckland Regional Public Health Service which said that the number of confirmed cases remained at 18. One woman died in hospital from health complications including typhoid. Two other cases remain unconfirmed. Health authorities were slammed for their handling of the situation, with the dead woman’s family saying they were unaware she had the infectious disease. The public was alerted only days after her death, as the number of people diagnosed with typhoid steadily increased. Manasi Parulekar, 24, was hospitalised in January after coming down with what she thought was a terrible flu. ‘‘I woke up Friday morning and I was just feeling really, really tired. I don’t know how to describe it but you just feel really tired and I had a pounding headache, that was different to normal headaches. ‘‘I was feeling really run down. You just think that you’re tired and it’s viral, not bacterial.’’ She travelled to Hamilton to stay with her parents but was rushed to the emergency department in the middle of the night after suffering such a high fever that she began to sweat and shake profusely. ‘‘You have such a high fever that your body reacts to it by shaking. I was cold - wearing two or three puffer jackets. I just couldn’t get warm. I couldn’t stop shivering - but I was sweating.’’ Doctors initially diagnosed her as having a flu and sent her home with paracetamol, but she quickly returned to her local GP after she became dehydrated from sweating so much and being unable to keep water down. A week later doctors began to suspect her condition was bacterial, and after initially testing her for malaria and dengue fever, they began to suspect typhoid. ‘‘It’s so uncommon in New Zealand they didn’t think it was a possibility,’’ Parulekar said. ‘‘They were like, ’nah that’s not possible there’s no typhoid here,’ so that was really interesting given what’s happened.’’ Anyone with symptoms of typhoid should contact their doctor.
Manasi Parulekar was hospitalised after coming down with what she thought was the flu.