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DOC monitors popular South Island trail

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/01/2017

Trampers are being urged to keep an eye on their symptoms and be responsible if they are feeling unwell after visiting a popular walking track in the South Island.

Dozens of trampers have fallen ill with a gastro bug since Sunday, suffering vomiting and diarrhoea after walking and staying in huts along the Nelson Lakes National Park's Travers-Sabine circuit.

Department of Conservation Nelson Lakes operations manager John Wotherspoon is urging people who've been on the Travers-Sabine circuit to avoid national parks or the backcountry if they are feeling unwell with gastro or flu-like symptoms to avoid spreading the virus, suspected to be norovirus, any further.

"It is important people stay out of the parks if they've been in Nelson Lakes or they suspect they've been infected. In fact, anyone who has been ill should stay home until they are truly better as this outbreak demonstrates how vulnerable people can be in the back country."

Mr Wotherspoon said people can still be infectious for two days after their symptoms have passed.

"While it is not practical to close the circuit, we are now advising people to stay away from the area for at least a week to try and limit the outbreak."

The park's huts were disinfected on Thursday and trampers were advised to camp in tents instead and bury their toilet waste at least 10m from tracks and waterways.

"If the suspected norovirus is to be contained we need people to do the right thing," says Mr Wotherspoon.

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