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GBS patient linked to Havelock North outbreak


22 September 2016

GBS patient linked to Havelock North outbreak


Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s (HBDHB) Public Health Team can confirm that the patient in Wellington Hospital diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is linked to the Havelock North Campylobacter outbreak.

Director of Population Health, Dr Caroline McElnay, said staff had positively identified the link (i.e. that the patient had drunk water in Havelock North during the period when the drinking water was contaminated) but was unable to comment on any further information.

“The patient’s family has requested strict privacy and we respect this,” said Dr McElnay.

“In terms of public health messaging, this second case is a timely reminder to all that anyone recovering from a Campylobacter infection needs to monitor how they are feeling and be aware of potential complications.”

Dr McElnay said while most people who get Campylobacter recover completely within two to five days, the infection can result in complications.

“Complications are rare but include Guillain-Barre Syndrome which includes muscle weakness in the legs, arms or face andReactive Arthritis which includes joint pain, commonly knees, ankles and toe pain/swelling or signs of a urinary tract infection and/or sore eyes.

“It is really important that you seek a health care professional’s advice immediately if you have any of these symptoms after recovering from a Campylobacter infection.

“These symptoms may not occur until several weeks after the infection.”


People can also call Healthline which is available 24/7 on 0800-611-116 for advice.

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