'It's very nasty' - Kiwis share experiences and rally behind teen in hospital with toxic shock syndrome

Kiwis are rallying around a teenager who ended up in hospital with toxic shock syndrome, after her mother posted the dangers on Facebook, spurring warnings over the use of tampons. 

Chloe Jordan was admitted to hospital after she became ill over the weekend with acute kidney failure and was admitted to ICU.

Waikato DHB told 1 NEWS Chloe is now in a stable condition. 

"It was really scary," Chloe's mother Jessica Jordan said. "They thought she might have meningitis or scarlet fever and then they realised quickly that she had toxic shock syndrome."

Toxic shock syndrome is an infection which is caused by toxins released by bacteria Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes.

Ms Jordan says doctors believe after many tests the infection was caused by tampons which her daughter was using while on her period.

The story of Chloe's ordeal was posted on the 1 NEWS Facebook page, where many readers shared stories of similar experiences. 

Anjeleka Garnett said: "Jessica - I'm pleased your daughter is on the mend and has made the progression to a ward environment! No doubt this had a huge impact on her! Take care, God Bless."

Deb Auckram wrote: "My thoughts are with this young lady, it's very nasty, I got a mild case (it didn't feel mild at the time) 10 years ago and have never been able to use them since."

Kyleigh Welch said: "Thanks for sharing Chloe's story Jessica Jordan, scary stuff- more girls need to be aware!"

Many users suggested the use of menstrual cups instead of tampons, and others advocated for stringent use of tampons in terms of hygiene and length of time left in. 

Ms Jordan updated Chloe's condition and thanked concerned Facebook users for their support. 

"Thanks everyone, she is recovering well and in a ward now, but will be in there for a few days yet."

Ms Jordan said toxic shock syndrome can still occur if the tampon is not left in for a long time.

"Strict hygiene and it can still happen." 

Toxic shock syndrome caused by tampon use is said to be rare in New Zealand.

Chloe Jordan was admitted to hospital after she became violently ill while on her period. Source: 1 NEWS

Where is Raymond Stirling? Search for frail 84-year-old upscaled

The search for missing man Raymond Stirling has been scaled up to include every property within 1 km of where he went missing.

Mr Stirling, 84, is frail and suffers from dementia, and was last seen in the area of Halcione Close in Hamilton about 7.30pm on Monday, January 15.

The LandSAR search team has been increased to 30 police and volunteers, and every property within 1 km of his last known location is being searched.

Family members are also searching areas he has previously been to in Huntly and Ngaruawahia.

Mr Stirling is known to wave down passing motorists for a ride, and police are asking anyone who may have given him a ride or been waved at by him to contact them immediately.

Mr Stirling's attire has not been confirmed, but it is possible he was wearing blue track pants and white/red sneakers.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Stirling should call 111 immediately.

Raymond Stirling Source: Supplied

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Heavy rain, dark grey skies and surface flooding not enough to discourage Nelson holidaymakers

While locals and holidaymakers were advised to stay alert in Golden Bay following severe rain, not everyone was discouraged from resuming their summer activities. 

A group of kids have enjoyed a cold summer swim amid downfalls, which caused surface flooding on roads. 

One Spec Road in Takaka, Golden Bay is now open after flooding made it impassable last night.

Residents in the area say there is no longer water flooding over the road, but advise people to drive with care as there is still debris on the road.

Meanwhile, other campers at Pohara campground were also undeterred, having already stuck out stormy conditions last week.

One holidaymaker in Golden Bay said he was able to kayak outside his tent where rain had built up at Pohara campsite. Source: 1 NEWS

Holidaymaker Oscar Evans told 1 NEWS the front of his tent had flooded, but it hadn’t dampened his love for his "favourite place".

He described how a "lakes" worth of water had also built up outside his tent during last week’s downpour.

"We actually got the kayak out and we were actually paddling in it."

Golden Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management says the Anatoki River recorded its highest rainfall in this event but it wasn’t “catastrophic”.

Slips are being cleared on Abel Tasman Drive at Wainui and McCallum Road.

There is some minor flooding elsewhere.

Heavy rain has been pummelling the upper South Island. Source: 1 NEWS