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Elderly woman's death not due to outbreak

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/08/2016

An elderly woman who had a campylobacter infection has died in Hawke's Bay from an unrelated medical condition.

The woman was in her 90s and no more information is being released about her at her family's request, Hawke's Bay District Health Board says.

She was from Havelock North and was admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital during the campylobacter outbreak and died on Thursday night.

The coroner is not investigating as there is no direct causal link to campylobacter.

It has been earlier reported that the coroner is looking into what killed Jean Sparksman, an 89-year-old Hawke's Bay woman who died on August 13.

She had contracted campylobacter but also had other significant underlying health issues.

There were no new patients admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital's general wards with campylobacter infection on Friday and one patient has needed further intensive care for an unrelated medical issue.

GPs and pharmacies are beginning to see some cases of suspected reactive arthritis, from the campylobacter infection. It's painful but usually responds well to anti-inflammatories.

More than 4000 people have fallen ill with gastro in Havelock North after campylobacter was found in the local water supply a fortnight ago.

The water has since been chlorinated.

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