Update on Auckland typhoid outbreak
This page contains the latest news on the typhoid outbreak plus a host of resources translated into different languages to help you understand more about the disease. If you are concerned please call Healthline for advice on 0800 611 116. Healthline has translation services available 24/7.
It is important to understand typhoid is only spread by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with faeces or urine from a person who has the illness, or who may be a carrier of the bacteria. Casual social contact, such as visiting a person in hospital and hugging and kissing them, is not a significant risk to people.
Once people are being effectively treated in hospital, the risk of them spreading the disease is significantly minimised. It can take a number of days of monitoring before they are fully cleared by public health. Once cleared there is no risk of them spreading the disease.
The usual incubation period for typhoid is 8-14 days, so people who became unwell in the past week could not have contracted the disease by visiting a person associated with outbreak in hospital.
Information and resources
General information on typhoid
Health professional advice