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Water Contamination in NZ Town Makes 2,000 People Sick: Fairfax

Water contamination in a New Zealand town may have made as many as 2,000 people sick, Fairfax Media reported Monday.

All schools in the North Island town of Havelock North have been advised to close to contain the spread of a stomach bug that the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board estimates has already afflicted between 1,000 and 2,000 people, Fairfax said. The bug is believed to be campylobacter, it said.

Some 20 people are currently hospitalized, including two elderly patients in intensive care, as a result of the bug in the town’s water supply. The source of the contamination is not yet clear and residents are being advised to boil drinking water, Fairfax said.

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