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Health Warnings & Alerts

Public health warnings are provided by Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service to help the Bay of Plenty and Lakes communities manage and monitor local public health issues.

Scroll below to see if there are any health concerns, shellfish health warnings and/or recreational water health warnings in your area.


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Infectious diseases

  • Hepatitis A
    Please see the Ministry for Primary Industries website for advice regarding frozen imported berries and Hepatitis A.

     
  • Zika virus
    The Ministry of Health recommends that women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near term should defer travel to areas with Zika virus present. If travel is essential, if possible delay pregnancy if travelling to these areas.
    For information about the zika virus and travel visit the Ministry of Health website.

For information on infectious diseases, visit our Infectious Diseases page


Rena Recovery

For public health advice and information related to the MV Rena incident in October 2011, click here.


Recreational water health information

Follow these links for shellfish and recreational water information. For pollution events that could affect recreational water and shellfish gathering contact your local council. All toxic shellfish warnings and alerts are shown on the Ministry for Primary Industries website and also in the summary table below.

As a public health precaution, it is routinely recommended that people avoid swimming in rivers, streams and harbour areas for 48 hours after heavy rainfall events.

All health warning advice below is current and any changes in status are updated on this page on the same day.


Bay of Plenty shellfish and recreational water health warnings

Health Warning

Public Health Advice

Reason

Area

Temporary, issued 17 November 2016, still current

Not to collect or eat shellfish

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxins Eastern Bay coastline from the Tarawera River mouth near Matata to Cape Runaway.  The warning includes Ohiwa Harbour.

Permanent

Avoid recreational water contact

Contamination -
Elevated levels of faecal contamination

Kaiate Falls

Permanent

Not to eat the eels

Elevated levels of dioxin in eels and canal

Kopeopeo Canal and Orini Stream in Whakatane

Permanent

Avoid recreational water contact

Contamination -
Elevated levels of faecal contamination.

 2 Mile Creek, Waihi Beach

Permanent

Avoid recreational water contact

Contamination -
Elevated levels of faecal contamination.

 3 Mile Creek, Waihi Beach

Permanent

Avoid recreational water contact

Contamination -
Elevated levels of faecal contamination.

Waimapu Stream, Greerton (includes Maleme Street drain)

Greeton Marist Rugby fields in time of flood.

Courtney drain, Fraser Cove.

Permanent

Not to eat shellfish

Contamination -
Elevated levels of faecal contamination which can be taken up by the shellfish.

 Tilby Point, Tauranga

Permanent

Not to eat shellfish

Contamination -
Elevated levels of faecal contamination which can be taken up by the shellfish.

 Little Waihi Estuary, Maketu

Permanent

Avoid recreational water contact within 48 hours after rainfall

Contamination -
Elevated levels of faecal contamination.

Wairoa River, Bethlehem

 

Lakes (Rotorua and Taupo districts) recreational water health warnings

Health Warning

Public Health Advice

Reason

Area

Temporary

Avoid recreational water contact

Elevated levels of bacterial contamination

Ngongotaha Stream

Temporary, issued 24
November 2016, still current

Avoid recreational water contact

Algal blooms

Lake Rotoehu, near Rotorua.

Temporary, issued 2
December 2016, still current

Avoid recreational water contact

Elevated levels of bacterial contamination

Utuhina Stream

 

For public health warnings in the Waikato region, visit the Waikato District Health Board website.
 

Algal blooms in Lakes

A number of lakes in the Rotorua area (such as Lake Rotoehu, Lake Okaro and Lake Rotoiti) are prone to blooms of blue-green algae that may be harmful to health.  These lakes are monitored during warmer months of the year and health warnings are issued if blooms occur.  However, blooms may occur rapidly and unpredictably, and during the winter months the lakes are not monitored.  Therefore always look before using the lakes.  If the water looks discoloured, has an unusual smell, has green or brown particles suspended in it, or there is visible surface scum,  then it is best to avoid contact with it.  Read more about algal blooms.

Last modified: 02 Dec 2016
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