North city park not cause of skin infection, CPH report confirms
6 June 2003
A north Christchurch sports ground would not be the cause of any cellulitis
skin infections, says a report to the Christchurch City Council
from Medical Officer of Health Dr Mel Brieseman.
Dr Brieseman’s Community
and Public Heath (CPH) team was asked by the City Council to investigate
possible causes after a newspaper report
suggested Nunweek Park could be responsible for cellulitis infections
among some rugby players who used the ground.
In a letter to the Council,
Dr Brieseman says, “outbreaks of this
type . . . will be associated with direct transmission from person to person
rather than from the ground of the playing field”. Transmission could
occur during a game or during contact in the changing sheds, he
Soil testing was inappropriate because it was well recognised
that the condition resulted from human to human transmission, Dr
letter says. The bacteria which lead to cellulitis infection can
be found in the environment, but originate with humans and any
found in the soil
would be there as a result of infections in players rather than
a cause of infection.
His team therefore concentrated its investigations
on the park’s
changing facilities - a Council changing shed on Woolridge Road
and a rugby club premises on the park.
Dr Brieseman reports that, “It appears there are no major issues
with the changing rooms under the Council’s control”. A separate
report had been sent to the rugby club.
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