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Guillain-Barre case linked to Havelock Nth

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/09/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">A Wellington Hospital patient has been confirmed as having Guillain-Barre syndrome linked to Havelock North water contamination.</span> © Getty Images A Wellington Hospital patient has been confirmed as having Guillain-Barre syndrome linked to Havelock North water contamination. A patient in Wellington Hospital with Guillain-Barre syndrome is linked with the Havelock North gastro outbreak, health officials have confirmed.

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board says staff have positively identified that the person drank water during the period that the town's supply was contaminated.

However, director of population health Dr Caroline McElnay says she couldn't give further details as the patient's family had requested privacy.

"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," she said.

Dr McElnay said, while most people who got campylobacter recovered completely within two to five days, the infection could result in rare complications

Among them was Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which included muscle weakness in the legs, arms or face.

Another possible complication was reactive arthritis, which included joint pain, commonly knees, ankles and toe pain/swelling or signs of a urinary tract infection and/or sore eyes.

A 41-year-old Havelock North woman was last week diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Meanwhile, a third person, a 60-year-old Blenheim man, is reported to have tested positive for the illness after a trip to Havelock North.

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