Campylobacter Outbreak - Havelock North

By Brendon Lye
Campylobacter is the most common bacterial cause of food borne illness in New Zealand. It occurs usually in single, sporadic cases, however as you will be aware we currently have an outbreak in Havelock North due to contamination of the local water supply. We have put together some information and treatment suggestions for those who are effected or who wish to prevent contracting Campylobacter. The following information is courtesy of The HealthEd website:




  • Symptoms will usually appear 2 to 5 days after exposure and improve after 2 to 3 days.
  • The main symptoms are: watery diarrhoea (sometimes bloody), abdominal pain or cramping, fever, nausea and vomiting.
  • Some people may not experience any symptoms. Others get a flu like illness first, such as headache, muscle pains, fever and fatigue.
  • About 90% of affected people recover from the illness within one week.
  • In rarer cases, complications can occur including dehydration, relapses over weeks, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis or acute paralysis (Gullian Barre syndrome).

How to avoid getting campylobacter and passing it on to others

  • Boil water to a roiling boil for 1 minute before consuming or using for dishes, food preparation or dental hygiene.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly by using plenty of soap, cleaning under fingernails, rinsing hands well and drying on a clean towel:
    • before and after preparing food
    • after going to the toilet or changing a baby’s nappy
    • after caring for people with campylobacter
    • after playing or working with animals.

Taking time off work or school

Usually people can go back to work and children can return to early childhood centres and school if they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.

However, as campylobacter infection is a notifiable disease it is important that you check with your Healthcare practitioner or Public Health Service first.




Homeopathic remedies recommended by Frans van de Weerd – Homeopath Naturally Healthy

  • Arsenicum: person is restless, exhausted, fearful, chilly; thirsty; a great deal of burning and/or cramping pain in abdomen; stomach feels heavy; thirsty for small amounts of water; worse when eating or drinking, especially cold food or drink; rectal burning with bowel movement; when something has been eaten that doesn’t agree with the person, or from eating spoiled food.
  • Colocynthis: cramping, abdominal pain, better strong pressure and warmth; pain is worse upon eating or drinking; vomiting when pain is severe; after anger or suffering insult to his/her sense of justice.
  • Cuprum arsenicosum: burning, crampy, colicky pains in lower bowels, with vomiting sensation of collapse.
  • Gelsemium: from anticipation of even an enjoyable event; from fear of an ordeal; may follow a fright.
  • Podophyllum: profuse, offensive smelling yellow or yellow-green stools, often completely liquid, forcefully squirted out, worse in early AM or after eating; not terribly sick; painless, or cramping relieved by warmth and bending double.
  • Sulphur: stools changeable (sometimes yellow and watery, sometimes slimy with undigested food); urgent need to defecate drives person out of bed first thing in the morning.
  • Veratrum album: violent diarrhea, usually with vomiting, ejected forcefully in great quantity; colicky abdominal cramps temporarily better from diarrhea; may purge from mouth and rectum at same time; severe chilliness, cold perspiration (especially on forehead); cramps in extremities; great weakness; body and even breath cold; thirst for large quantities of cold water.

For more information contact Naturally Healthy Hamilton 07 958 3845

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