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One case was due to eating contaminated shellfish.

Three cases of paratyphoid in Napier

Health officials are urging people to be careful about eating shellfish gathered near the marina.

Fitness model Meegan Hefford had been competing as a bodybuilder since 2014.

Bodybuilder's death blamed on protein shakes

She'd been preparing for an upcoming competition when she was found unconscious.

MPI have placed the farm on lockdown.

Canterbury dairy farm in lockdown after discovery of cattle disease

The property is now on lockdown after the first known signs of the disease were found in its bovines.

Nicole and Shane Sifrit with baby Mariana.

'Don't let people kiss your baby' - parents after baby dies from fatal virus

She was only 18 days old.


Typhoid confirmed in Palmerston North

It is believed the child has family connections to the Auckland outbreak in April.


Parents must vaccinate kids under new Italy law

It comes in response to a "lack of appropriate measures over the years and the spread of anti-scientific theories".

A bowl fresh boston leaf lettuce greens, undressed and waiting for more delicious ingredients.

Florida couple eat dead bat in salad

There were fears the couple may have contracted rabies.

Conditions and Disease

Auckland typhoid cases increase again

There are now 18 confirmed cases of typhoid in Auckland, and more are possible.

Rearview shot of hospital staff wheeling a patient in a gurney down a corridor

Typhoid outbreak confirmed in Auckland

An outbreak of typhoid in Auckland has seen 10 people hospitalised.

Conditions and Disease

Drugs needed to urgently fight superbugs

12 families of bacteria are the greatest threats to human health.

Abul Bajandar has lived with the condition for more than 17 years (Getty)

Surgeon removes man's 'tree growths'

Abul Bajandar's hands have looked like parts of a tree for more than 17 years.

Zombies from TV show The Walking Dead (AMC)

Zombies vs humans? No contest - we lose

A zombie epidemic would take six months to obliterate humanity, new research has found.

The Gates Foundation is the world's largest private charitable foundation (AAP)

Bill Gates' charity funds Otago University's typhoid research

Otago University has received a $439,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to go towards typhoid research in Africa.

Conditions and Disease

Young boy with spina bifida the new face of Weetbix

For 23 years, kids of all abilities have challenged themselves in the Weetbix Kids Tryathlon - and one of those special athletes proves attitude is all that counts.

Kendall Jenner says she sometimes wakes up unable to move (AAP)

Kendall Jenner alludes to suffering from sleep paralysis

Model and reality star Kendall Jenner has alluded to a condition that sounds like sleep paralysis, if a teaser for an upcoming episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians is to go by.

Conditions and Disease

New stroke rehab gets patients back in their homes

Instead of spending time in a rehabilitation ward, specialist teams in Waitematā are going mobile.

Dr Coughlan says resistance to treatment is seemingly on the rise (iStock)

Gonorrhoea vaccine on cusp of being a reality

Researchers are hailing a breakthrough in the treatment of sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea as a game changer.

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov (Reuters / file)

Uzbekistan's president critically ill after stroke

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov is critically ill, prompting speculation that Central Asia's most populous nation is preparing for its first transfer of power since independence.

Conditions and Disease

Upset residents attend heated meeting in Havelock North

Havelock North residents have expressed their anger at a heated public meeting about the gastro outbreak on Tuesday night.

Doctors in the UK have labelled the condition 'bagpipe lung' (Getty)

British man killed by mouldy bagpipes

If you needed an excuse not to take up the bagpipes, here it is: they can give you inflammatory lung disease. But so can other wind instruments, doctors warn.