A Hastings District Council water tanker with free water is seen on Campbell St, in Havelock North, after a gastro outbreak in Havelock North, from the Hastings District Council water supply, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Tests in New Zealand confirmed an elderly woman who died last week was suffering from the type of bacteria that tainted local tap water and sickened thousands of people in the small North Island town, officials said Friday, Aug. 19. (Duncan Brown/New Zealand Herald via AP)
A Hastings District Council water tanker with free water is seen on Campbell St, in Havelock North, after a gastro outbreak in Havelock North, from the Hastings District Council water supply, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Tests in New Zealand confirmed an elderly woman who died last week was suffering from the type of bacteria that tainted local tap water and sickened thousands of people in the small North Island town, officials said Friday, Aug. 19. (Duncan Brown/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Tainted tap water sickens thousands in New Zealand; elderly woman dies

An estimated 4,000 people in the town of 13,000 have contracted gastric illnesses since last week’s outbreak of campylobacter bacteria

A Hastings District Council water tanker with free water is seen on Campbell St, in Havelock North, after a gastro outbreak in Havelock North, from the Hastings District Council water supply, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Tests in New Zealand confirmed an elderly woman who died last week was suffering from the type of bacteria that tainted local tap water and sickened thousands of people in the small North Island town, officials said Friday, Aug. 19. (Duncan Brown/New Zealand Herald via AP)
A Hastings District Council water tanker with free water is seen on Campbell St, in Havelock North, after a gastro outbreak in Havelock North, from the Hastings District Council water supply, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Tests in New Zealand confirmed an elderly woman who died last week was suffering from the type of bacteria that tainted local tap water and sickened thousands of people in the small North Island town, officials said Friday, Aug. 19. (Duncan Brown/New Zealand Herald via AP)
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