Published in Health and Medicine Week, May 23rd, 2005
"New Zealand's epidemic of meningococcal disease began in mid 1991. Surveillance of meningococcal disease in New Zealand is based on a combination of disease notification and organism characterization.
"Case numbers and population rates rose from 53 (1.5 per 100,000 population) in 1990 to a high of 650 (17.4 per 100,000 population) in 2001," investigators in New Zealand wrote.
"The highest rates of disease occur in Pacific peoples under 20 years but the highest percentages of cases occur in Maori and European New Zealanders. The epidemic has...
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