Nelson Marlborough Public Health

Novel coronavirus update: 14 February 2020

As at 14 February 2020 there were still no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New Zealand. 

Anyone who has returned to NZ from mainland China (either directly or via another country) should self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who may have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the virus – most likely in China but possibly other countries – should also be in isolation.

The symptoms of corovirus are similar to influenza (flu) or a bad cold. You may also have a fever. As with influenza and other contagious diseases, if you have symptoms, please call Healthline before you visit a waiting room where you may infect other people: 0800 358 5453.

It is important that you tell a healthcare professional if you have been overseas in the past month, or if you have been in contact with people who may have the virus.


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Looking for information about the coronavirus outbreak?

This update describes the current Nelson Marlborough Health response to the coronavirus outbreak in China and points readers to official Ministry of Health information and advice.

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service (PHS) is following the guidance of the Ministry of Health about the coronavirus outbreak in China. 

PHS representatives are connected to the national response and are sharing information with secondary, community and primary health teams. PHS health protection (border health) officers are carrying out actions to protect the Nelson Marlborough community as a first point of entry into NZ.


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Pēpi comes first for Naomi, smoke-free and loving it

A young woman’s strength to quit smoking for the sake of her unborn baby has been celebrated with a special gift and acknowledgment.

Naomi Te Kiri is counting days the days until her daughter is born, focussing on her mahi (work) and staying fit and positive. This has been made easier thanks to Naomi’s outstanding effort to quit smoking, with the guidance of her quit coach Sonia Hepi-Treanor.


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Retailer sold cigarettes to minor in Golden Bay

A tobacco retailer in the Golden Bay area has sold cigarettes to a 17-year-old volunteer in a tobacco controlled purchase operation which was undertaken by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service (PHS) last week.


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Legionnaires’ disease on the rise

Gardeners are being warned to protect themselves against Legionnaire’s disease after three cases in just eight days were confirmed in the Tasman region, and after an associated death in Dunedin last month.

Four cases in total have been confirmed in 2019. There have been 53 cases in the region since 2010.


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Emergency Mobile Alert testing: Sunday 24 November

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is doing a nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system on Sunday 24 November 2019, between 6 - 7 pm. 


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Shellfish biotoxin alert: Port Underwood

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has issued a shellfish biotoxin alert for Port Underwood on the east coast of the Marlborough Sounds.

People are advised not to collect or eat shellfish from this area. This includes mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina and all other bivalve shellfish.

Cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin, which can cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.


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Measles outbreak reaches Marlborough

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service has confirmed a case of measles that is connected to the current Auckland outbreak.

Until this point, the Nelson Marlborough region was one of only four DHB region to hold on to its measles-free status during the current outbreak. The last case of measles in Marlborough was in November 2018 and the last case in Nelson in April 2018.

 


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Retailer sold cigarettes to minor in Marlborough

A tobacco retailer in the Marlborough area was caught selling cigarettes to a 16-year-old volunteer in a tobacco controlled purchase operation which was undertaken by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service (PHS) this week. 

19 retailers in the Marlborough region were visited by the volunteer on Wednesday with the volunteer attempting to buy cigarettes from retail premises under the supervision of PHS employees.


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A new era for local rugby: Kicking sugar to touch

In a first for NZ rugby, Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) has sponsored Tasman Rugby Union (TRU) teams, replacing the TRU’s former agreement with Coca Cola/Powerade, to become the union’s official health and wellbeing partner.


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