Western Leader : February 1st 2011
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The Auckland Regional Public Health Service says seven cases were diag- nosed in young Auck- landers, including one at Waitakere Hospital's emergency care centre. The patients are aged from three to 16 and four of them were on a flight from Brisbane to Auckland on January 11. A fam- ily group caught the viral disease overseas. One Auckland child had a severe case and was hospitalised, while another child was taken to hospital but not admitted. The seven children are recovering and are no longer infectious. Dr Richard Hoskins of Auckland Regional Public Health Service says measles is easily passed on through coughing and sneez- ing. In rare cases it can be fatal. People who are suspected to have measles are isolated to prevent it spreading. Generally in New Zealand we have a pretty good immunis- ation rate and so we tend to get control of these things during the second wave, as not everyone has to be isolated,'' he says. There are no cast- iron guarantees there won't be a third wave this time but the signs are good and we've been working very hard on it.'' Dr Hoskins says the health service contacts principals if a child is infectious and needs to stay away from school. In New Zealand the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is free and given to children at around 15 months, with a second dose at four years. The vaccination is 99 percent effective after the second dose and Dr Hoskins says parents whose chil- dren have been immunised should not be too concerned. Check with your family doctor or your Whanau Ora provider if you're not sure of your child's immunis- ation status. People start to develop symptoms about 10 days after coming into contact with the dis- ease. They become infectious themselves the day before symptoms appear.'' Initial symptoms tare a runny nose, a high fever, red eyes and in some cases small white spots in the mouth. If parents are con- cerned they should call their family doctor or Healthline for advice on 0800- 611-116. Sewage spills on footpath Messy problem: Peter Blom is fed up with seeing raw sewage flowing out of this manhole on Glendale Rd. By CATHERINE HEALY You don't expect to see human waste and toilet paper on the footpath in a developed country. But it often happens when there is a downpour in Glen Eden. Peter Blom has lived in Glendale Rd for 25 years and is fed up with raw sewage flowing out of a manhole down the road from his house. When the Western Leader visited the site last week a few days after the storm that caused flooding around Auck- land, scraps of toilet paper were still visible on the verge and footpath. It's pretty foul,'' Mr Blom says. Every time there's a heavy rain warning the council puts hay bales around the manhole and fences it with plastic net- ting. It sends the flow the other direction, down the bank into the stream. But after the last downpour it was all over the footpath too.'' The Western Leader reported on the the problem in June last year and a Waitakere City Council spokesperson said many of the city's sewer lines date back to the 1920s and were in dire need of repair. Just a few metres upstream from the offending manhole is Glendale Pond, the same water- way where ducks are dying this summer from avian botulism. This pond used to be alive with ducks. There are none here at the moment. Is it something to do with the sewage?'' Mr Blom says. Across the road from the manhole is a Project Twin Streams walkway. They're trying to beautify the streams with natives, but here we've got raw sewage flowing right into a stream,'' Mr Blom says. When the supercity came into effect in November the issue came under Watercare's juris- diction, as the council-owned organisation that provides fresh and wastewater services. We know problems arise in this area during bad weather due to stormwater infiltrating the wastewater network,'' Watercare's chief operating officer Raveen Jaduram says. The overflow in January was from a manhole that was inherited by Watercare. Since the overflow occurred, we have had a team carrying out site assessments and reviewing options to solve the problem with urgency. We are carrying out a study to deliver a design for the pipe upgrade and storage solutions.'' He says in the long term Watercare will modify the net- work to minimise the sewage overflows.
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