Mussels linked to outbreak
A tangi for a Hawke’s Bay man who died after getting lost in the Tongariro National Park has been linked to an outbreak of paratyphoid.
Six people have been hospitalised with the illness, and at least three of them had eaten mussels taken from Napier Marina.
Mussels believed to have been from the marina were served at the tangi of Vincent Taurima at Tangoio Marae more than two weeks ago.
George Reti, Nga¯ti Kahungunu’s Napier marae representative, said on Tuesday he would talk to elders about the potential of ra¯hui, or harvesting restrictions, being placed on gathering seafood from the marina area.
There were signs around the marina saying seafood gathered there should not be eaten, but people continued to do so, he said.
The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is trying to find out whether all the paratyphoid cases were caused by eating mussels taken from the same spot.
Medical officer of health Nick Jones said paratyphoid fever was a serious illness.
People with the disease will have a fever, chills, headache, possibly a rash, and may also get severe vomiting and diarrhoea.
Paratyphoid generally occurs within 10 days of consuming contaminated food or water, but symptoms may take as long as four weeks to develop.
Mussels gathered from Napier Marina have been linked to three people falling ill to a serious disease.