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Sixteen typhoid cases confirmed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/04/2017

Auckland Regional Public Health have confirmed there are 16 cases of typhoid in the city.

One woman died from the disease last Tuesday, three days before health authorities revealed there was an outbreak.

Her funeral was held on Monday, the same day officials confirmed members of her Mt Roskill Samoan Assembly of God church had contracted typhoid.

On Wednesday afternoon ARPH confirmed there are 16 confirmed cases of the disease, one more than originally thought.

Twelve of the 16 people are still in hospital and two further cases are awaiting test results, while ARPH continued to talk to members of the church.

The woman who died had been hospitalised with other serious health issues, and the typhoid was a complicating factor, health authorities say.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service clinical director Julia Peters says the outbreak was isolated and it was not known how it got to Auckland.

There were 42 recorded notifications of typhoid in New Zealand in 2014 and 43 in 2015.

Typhoid is spread by eating or drinking food contaminated by the faeces of an infected person.

Symptoms include a high fever, stomach pain, diarrhoea, headache and cough.

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