Annual Summary of Outbreaks in New Zealand, 2013

Thursday 19th September 2019


Summary of outbreaks in 2013

There were 652 outbreaks reported during 2013, involving 7137 cases. A total of 113 cases required hospitalisation and four cases died.

The highest number of outbreaks was reported by Waikato Public Health Unit.

The causal agent (pathogen, toxin or chemical) was identified in 78.7% of outbreaks.

Enteric agents were implicated in 94.3% of outbreaks. The most commonly identified pathogen was norovirus, followed by Giardia spp., and Cryptosporidium spp. The most commonly implicated non-enteric agent was Bordetella pertussis.

The most common settings where exposure to or transmission of causal agents occurred were  the private home environment and long-term care facilities.

Person-to-person transmission was reported for 82.5% of outbreaks in 2013. Multiple modes of transmission were implicated in 37.0% of outbreaks.

The most commonly implicated food types in outbreaks associated with a foodborne mode of transmission were dairy and poultry, followed by grains/beans and fish.

Note: Click on the document links below to open. These documents are in PDF format. You will need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

Report:

Annual Summary of Outbreaks in New Zealand, 2013

 

DOWNLOADS

Annual Summary of Outbreaks in New Zealand, 2013

Ph: +64 4 914 0700 Fax: +64 4 914 0770 Email: survqueries@esr.cri.nz