19 Dec 2013

Your place - Tapanui

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:25 pm on 19 December 2013

Located on State Highway 90, almost halfway between Raes Junction and Gore, this picturesque West Otago township is the service centre for surrounding dairy and a few remaining sheep farms. Dr Peter Snow was the town's GP for more than 30 years. In 1984 a number of his patients presented with prolonged 'flu-like symptoms but had no known diagnosable condition. It was he who identified the disease as an outbreak of myalgic encephalomyelitis, now classed as chronic fatigue syndrome, but originally called "Tapanui flu".