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  • NZ: Rise in meningococcal disease

    Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-pos...rry-about?rm=m

    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...

  • #2
    Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/a...ectid=12162788

    Six meningitis cases in Auckland since October 20
    19 Nov, 2018 7:06pm
    By: Simon Collins
    Education reporter, NZ Herald

    Six more cases of meningococcal disease have been reported in Auckland in the past month, affecting patients aged from under 1 to over 80.

    Auckland Medical Officer of Health Dr Shanika Perera said two of the six patients had the new "W" strain of meningitis which killed 7-year-old Hikurangi schoolgirl Alexis Albert four months ago and 16-year-old Kerikeri High School student Dion Hodder on October 20.

    Dion Hodder was flown to Auckland City Hospital after becoming ill at a St John camp on Motutapu Island.

    Another boy who was at a camp on the island last week was tested for meningococcal disease at Middlemore Hospital over the weekend after collapsing when he got home on Friday. But tests found he did not have the disease, and Perera said none of the six Auckland cases were related to camps on Motutapu Island or anywhere else...

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    • #3
      Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/a...ectid=12176395


      A new case of meningococcal disease has been reported at a west Auckland primary school.

      A notice was sent out to the Green Bay School community yesterday alerting parents to the fact "a child who attends the school had been diagnosed with illness that was caused by meningococcal bacteria"...

      ... A medical officer of health at the DHB, Dr Rob Weir, said it would be some time before it was known whether the case had the W strain of meningococcal disease.

      So-called Men W is causing an outbreak in Northland, where the Government is paying for teenagers and children aged 9 months to under 5 years to be vaccinated against the disease.

      Sixteen-year-old Dion Hodder, of Kerikeri, died at Auckland City Hospital in October after falling ill with meningococcal disease at a St John youth camp on Motutapu Island.

      Another Northland youngster, Alexis Albert, 7, died of the disease in Starship children's hospital, after becoming sick in July.

      The Ministry of Health said, when the Northland vaccination programme began last week, that there had been 109 cases of meningococcal disease in New Zealand this year, to the end of last month. Twenty-nine cases had been W-strain, including seven in Northland...

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      • #4
        Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-sta...as-menw-strain


        Palmerston North Meningococcal case confirmed as MenW strain
        Alex Loo17:33, Dec 14 2018

        A patient at Palmerston North Hospital with meningococcal disease, has the same strain that triggered an immunisation programme in Northland.

        The patient, who has the MenW strain, has since been transferred to Starship Children's Hospital.

        Medical officer of health Dr Rob Weir said MidCentral DHB was following up with people who may have been in contact with the patient. Those who have been in close contact are being offered vaccinations...

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        • #5
          Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/hea...-bay-of-plenty

          Boy, 5, among three meningococcal cases in Bay of Plenty
          Brittany Keogh17:06, Jan 04 2019

          A 5-year-old boy who recently moved from Northland to Tauranga is one of three people in the Bay of Plenty to have contracted meningococcal disease over the holiday period.

          The youngster was flown to Starship Hospital in Auckland on New Year's Eve.

          An Auckland DHB spokeswoman said on Friday afternoon the boy was in a stable condition...

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