Auck­lan­ders’ ty­phoid warn­ing

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - KELLY DENNETT

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.

CA­TRIN OWEN/ FAIRFAX NZ

Manasi Parulekar was hos­pi­talised after com­ing down with what she thought was the flu.

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