News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Hepatitis ‘A’ Cases In Christchurch

Hepatitis ‘A’ Cases In Christchurch

Seven cases of ‘Hepatitis A’ have been notified to the Medical Officer of Health since Christmas. Although there are associations between some of these cases there is as yet, no indication of a common source of the disease. None of these cases have travelled overseas.

Investigations are continuing to try and establish if there is any common food source. Close contacts of these cases are being followed up and may be offered preventive injections of gamma globulin if the exposure has been recent.

Three earlier cases notified in December belonged to a family who are believed to have acquired the disease during a trip to the Pacific. Since 2001, there have only been a total of 2 or 3 cases notified each year.

Hepatitis A, is a viral disease that affects the liver. It is spread either by contamination of food or directly from person to person because of poor hygiene, particularly failure of hand washing. Early symptoms include generally feeling unwell, abdominal discomfort, nausea and fever. Jaundice develops in the later stages of the disease.

General practitioners (GP) have been advised of the outbreak and requested to consider the diagnosis in patients with suggestive symptoms. Persons who are showing possible signs of the disease are advised to consult their own GP.

“The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) views this outbreak as a serious public health issue and can not stress enough the importance of hand washing after going to the toilet and before handling food”, said Dr Mel Brieseman, Medical Officer of Health from Community & Public Health, a division of the CDHB.

“Workers and employers in the food industry are also reminded not to work with food, when they are suffering from any form of stomach upset”, he said.

A preventive vaccination is also available for persons who are likely to be at high risk such as those travelling to high risk countries but a cost is involved.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Matariki: Wellington Starts Celebrations With ReCut 5

ReCut 5 opens the calendar of Matariki ki Poneke events with this free event for the whole family to enjoy – and the estimated 15,000 out-of-towners expected to visit the capital for Saturday’s All Blacks versus France rugby test. More>>

ALSO:

Jazz Festival Review: Christian McBride’s New Jawn

As he explained, a ‘jawn’ is simply slang from his hometown of Philadelphia for ‘thing’ or ‘project’, as in “Christian McBride has got a ‘New Jawn’ going on.” He sure does, and it is hot. More>>

ALSO:

"Wahine Toa": Māori Party Celebrates Turia's Blake Award

Hon. Dame Tariana Turia has been awarded the Blake Medal the premium award for leadership achievement in New Zealand by the Sir Peter Blake Trust. The Blake Medal is given to acknowledge and celebrate an extraordinary New Zealand leader who has made an exceptional contribution to the country. More>>

Ionesco’s 'The Chairs': Finding A Seat In Four Languages

This July, the play Les Chaises (The Chairs), by Eugène Ionesco will be presented in four consecutive seasons, in English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Cantonese. More>>

Queen's Birthday Honours: Recognising Arts And Cultural Champions

Thirty-five New Zealanders who have made outstanding contributions to arts and culture have been deservedly recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern said today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland