Cook Islands – Teacher on Life Support – Listeriosis


Health authorities are investigating the country’s first listeria infection in more than 10 years.

A young Rarotonga primary teacher has been evacuated to hospital in Auckland, where she is critically ill with listeria.

Apii Te Uki Ou teacher Grace Archer was flown to Auckland on Air New Zealand flight 945 last Friday, after the “acute deterioration” of her health. Her partner, fellow teacher Theo Warrick, was put on an emergency flight on Sunday night, to join her.

She is now on life support in the intensive care unit, battling listerial bacterial meningitis. Warrick has been granted special dispensation to be at her side.

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