The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has issued a shellfish biotoxin alert for Grove Arm, Marlborough Sounds.
Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten.
Cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin, which can cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.
The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service has issued advice for people affected by flooding and severe weather on 16 and 17 July.
This includes how to ensure your drinking water is safe, how to prevent the spread of disease, sewerage disposal, food safety, feeding babies during an emergency and how to cope with stress and anxiety.
Boil water notices: As at 8am, Friday 23 July there are boil water notices in place for Wairau Valley and Awatere (rural water customers). Boil water notices for Brightwater, Hope, Eighty Eight Valley, Tapawera and Pōhara Valley have been lifted.
Nelson Marlborough, like other regions in New Zealand, is experiencing an increase in respiratory illness amongst pre-school aged children and infants.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the causes of illness that has been identified. RSV is a common virus that affects all age groups but is especially severe for infants less than one year old, for older people and people who are immunocompromised. It is very infectious and can easily pass from person to person through coughing and sneezing.
To help protect our vulnerable patients, and also our staff, from catching RSV we:
- have closed maternity wards, children's wards and special care baby units to visitors (excluding a child's immediate caregiver)
- ask people not to visit patients in any ward in our hospitals if they have cold or flu symptoms
- ask people with outpatient appointments to phone before their appointment if they are unwell, for advice about what to do
- ask people who have to be in our hospitals to take precautions if they are unwell: ask for a face mask during your visit, sanitise your hands, wash your hands thoroughly before entering the hospital and try to avoid touching too many things.
Returning to life at home after a stroke can be a challenging and daunting experience for everyone involved. The H2H seminars help stroke survivors and their families make the transition.
New Zealand Food Safety is warning consumers to thoroughly cook mussels before eating following two people reportedly becoming sick from Vibrio parahaemolyticus in the Nelson-Tasman region.
People with low immunity, pregnant, or elderly should avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish as the illness can be more severe.
As the official health partner with the Tasman Mako, Nelson Marlborough Health wishes all players and coaches a great rugby season. To help you stay top of your game, for all sports, Mako players and local tamariki have made a fun little video about why water is the ultimate sports drink.
With JAB and age-grade rugby season starting in two weeks, make your team a water-only team. Ditch the sugary drinks and fill your own water bottle from the tap. Add some ice or a slice of lemon if you like, and fuel your body like the pros.
Nelson Marlborough residents can celebrate their contribution towards preventing sustained community transmission of COVID-19 in the region, with the last active case discharged from isolation on 21 May.
Nelson Marlborough Health Director of Public Health Dr Stephen Bridgman says that without the co-operation of people in our region this achievement would not have been possible.
The last close contacts (of confirmed cases) being monitored by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service were discharged from isolation on 16 May by Dr Bridgman, followed by the last recovered case the next week in Marlborough.
While the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service continues to investigate the source of the new Nelson case confirmed on 29 April, the test results for the close contacts (including supermarket co-workers) of the new case are negative.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today issued a public health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish harvested in Croisilles Harbour in the Marlborough Sounds.
As announced by the Director-General of the Ministry of Health on 21 March two people in the Nelson Marlborough region have tested positive for COVID-19.
These are the first two positive cases of COVID-19 in the Nelson Marlborough district. The cases are both travel-related and not indicative of a local community outbreak.