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Water confirmed as cause of illness

Water testing has confirmed the source of the gastro outbreak in Havelock North was water borne, but the type of bug is not yet known.

Hastings District Council chlorinated the water on Friday (August 12) afternoon. Chlorination is effective at killing most bugs, however Havelock North residents should boil water for one minute before drinking it until the type of bug is confirmed.

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s Medical Officer of Health Nick Jones said while the type of bug was not yet known information on prevention and treatment remained the same.

“As a significant precautionary measure we encourage everyone in the Havelock North area to boil water over the weekend or until the cause of the outbreak is determined. Results are expected early in the week, Dr Jones said.”

Symptoms of the illness being reported were diarrhoea and influenza like symptoms; headaches, muscle pain, fever and feeling generally unwell. Symptoms could last up to 10 days but would usually get better without antibiotics.

Children and older people were most at risk of dehydration and fluids, while the diarrhoea lasted, was very important. More information is available from or people can call the Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice 24/7 from a trained registered nurse.
For information on the water supply contact Hastings District Council call 06 871 5000.

1 February 2019

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