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    Two new jabs possible in light of new type of meningococcal to worry about
    Tom Hunt14:55, Nov 06 2018
    Health Ministry worried about rising number of meningococcal cases

    ... According to Ministry figures, meningococcal disease numbers peaked at 112 in 2017 and had already reached 96 cases so far in 2018.

    There were 12 cases of the W strain - including three deaths - during all of 2017 and already in 2018 there had been 24 cases including six deaths.

    "Typically, there are zero to six cases per year of MenW," she said.

    "This MenW strain is associated with high mortality rates and affects all age groups.

    "Northland has been the worst affected, with seven cases so far this year, including three deaths."

    The Northland spike had only arisen in the past couple of months, she said...