Sec­ond tangi linked to paraty­phoid out­break

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE - DAMIAN GE­ORGE

Ten peo­ple are con­firmed to have con­tracted paraty­phoid af­ter a re­cent out­break of the dis­ease in Hawke’s Bay, and a sec­ond tangi has been linked to the ill­ness by health of­fi­cials.

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board says any­one who at­tended a tangi at Te Aranga Marae, or ate mus­sels there, Au­gust 28-30 could be af­fected with the dis­ease.

The DHB ear­lier linked the out­break to mus­sels served at a tangi held last month at Tan­goio Marae for Vin­cent Tau­rima, who died af­ter get­ting lost in the Ton­gariro Na­tional Park.

Some of the 10 af­fected peo­ple were ad­mit­ted to Hawke’s Bay Hospi­tal, and an­other was treated in Auck­land. Re­sults of fur­ther tests are still pend­ing.

Hawke’s Bay med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health Nick Jones said the DHB was li­ais­ing di­rectly with the two marae iden­ti­fied.

‘‘We have had some pre­lim­i­nary re­sults back on mus­sels col­lected for sam­pling from the Napier Ma­rina area on Satur­day Septem­ber 23, which showed they were still con­tam­i­nated.

‘‘We are await­ing fi­nal re­sults of the types of bugs, but all the mus­sels had e-coli, which in­di­cated they had been con­tam­i­nated with fae­cal mat­ter.’’

Paraty­phoid is caused by a bac­terium that usu­ally spreads through food or wa­ter that has been con­tam­i­nated with the fae­ces of an in­fected per­son.

It gen­er­ally oc­curs within 10 days of con­sum­ing con­tam­i­nated food or wa­ter, but symp­toms – which can in­clude fever, chills, headache, rash, se­vere vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea – may take as long as four weeks to de­velop.

Any­one feel­ing sick, and who had eaten shell­fish from the Napier Ma­rina area, should con­tact their fam­ily doc­tor or call Health­Line, Jones said.

How­ever, Tau­rima’s sis­ter Ry­der Au­gust, who was among those struck down with paraty­phoid, cast doubts on DHB claims that mus­sels were to blame for the out­break, or that the mus­sels at Tau­rima’s tangi were from the ma­rina.

‘‘I don’t eat mus­sels and I have con­tracted paraty­phoid. I think they need to do fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion to have solid proof.’’

She drank only wa­ter at the tangi, and said she had spo­ken to the group who gath­ered the mus­sels. They told her they were not from Napier Ma­rina, but from Waipatiki Beach, near Tan­goio Marae. Jimmy Carr, one of the big­gest names in Bri­tish com­edy, is com­ing to Hawke’s Bay for one night only.

The star, known for his re­lent­less hu­mour that of­ten verges on the side of awk­ward and in­ap­pro­pri­ate, will per­form at Napier’s Mu­nic­i­pal The­atre on Satur­day, Jan­uary 20.

The per­for­mance is part of a seven date visit to New Zealand for Carr’s world tour.

The tour is be­ing billed as a se­lec­tion of Carr’s very best jokes to­gether with brand new ma­te­rial.

Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half and has played nearly 2000 shows to more than 2 mil­lion peo­ple across four con­ti­nents.

Pro­mot­ers are promis­ing fans that the show with ‘‘dis­til ev­ery­thing we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one in­cred­i­ble, un­par­al­leled night of en­ter­tain­ment’’.

Tick­ets for the show went on sale on Mon­day.

They are avail­able through Tick­et­mas­ter and Tick­etek.

ANTHONY HAR­VEY

Tick­ets for Jimmy Carr’s Napier show are now on sale.

Sus­pi­cion has fallen on mus­sels col­lected from the Napier Ma­rina area.

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