The Havelock North “gastro” outbreak is all over the papers –
Gastro outbreak hits Hawke’s Bay
‘Widespread’ vomiting and diarrhoea gastro outbreak in Havelock North
Animal faeces in water supply may be causing Havelock North gastro outbreak
Gastro bug in Hawke’s Bay water may have claimed a life
Gastro outbreak: Council issues apology
Even internationally –
Faeces linked to gastroenteritis outbreak that hit thousands in New Zealand town
The damage so far is one possible death, two older people in intensive care, 18 hospitalised, 50 making their way to the emergency department, 280 notifications, and hundreds of kids staying away from school.
As the headlines say, it looks like the cause is animal shit / E Coli in the bore water supply.
Makes you wonder if we should be aiming for something higher than “wadeable” water quality doesn’t it.