Havelock North woman diagnosed with incurable disease after gastro outbreak

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A Havelock North woman has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an illness associated with campylobacter, following last month's gastro outbreak. 

The woman, aged in her forties, was taken to Hawke's Bay Fallen Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Friday with symptoms confirmed as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological disease with no known cure. 

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A Hawke's Bay DHB representative told ONE News Now that news of the woman contracting the condition was "not unexpected". 

"There are two rare cases which can arise from the campylobacter infection, the first being reactive arthritis and the second Guillain-Barre syndrome," they said. 

The syndrome has a long incubation period, the reason why it took a month for the diagnosis after the woman first showed diarrhoeal symptoms.

The woman is in a stable condition and is "progressing well" with the treatment she has received.

It is understood to be the first case arising from last month's contaminated water saga.

“Everyone in this community knows someone who is sick or is sick themselves,” resident Catherine Wedd says.
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Havelock North residents have been asked to seek medical help immediately if they experience pins and needles, weakness or clumsiness in their hands or feet. 


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