Auckland Regional Public Health Service confirmed 10 people have been hospitalised and one member from a Church in Auckland died due to a Typhoid outbreak in Auckland last week. ARPH believed the disease was brought to New Zealand from overseas and it’s expected there’ll be more cases but they’re trying to control it the situation.
Those affected are from from Mt Roskill, Blockhouse Bay and Manurewa most of the affected patients are from the Pacific community. The disease is spread primarily through water and food but can be spread person to person. The serious illness is potentially fatal but can be treated with antibiotics.
Typhoid symptoms include a high fever developing over several days, headaches, general weakness and muscle aches. Stomach pain and constipation are also common but some people get diarrhoea.
Anyone with those symptoms feeling very unwell should to see their doctor or an after-hours clinic.