Monthly Surveillance Report - Mar 2004

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Key Notifiable Disease Trends

  • Campylobacteriosis: 1204 cases were notified in March 2004 – the highest ever recorded total for the month of March. This brings the year-to-date total to 3774. Of the March campylobacteriosis notifications 1159 (96.3%) were confirmed. According to information recorded on EpiSurv, four campylobacteriosis outbreaks occurred in March.
  • Cryptosporidiosis: a total of 22 laboratory confirmed cases was notified in March. From January 2004 there has been a steady increase in the cryptosporidiosis notifications, bringing the year-to-date total to 58 cases. Monthly rates were nearly 6 times higher in the less than one year age group than in the general population.
  • Lead Absorption: 10 cases of lead absorption were notified during March 2004, compared to 24 during March 2003. Of the 10 lead absorption notification, 6 cases were laboratory confirmed and one case is still under investigation.
  • Legionellosis: 7 cases of legionellosis were notified in March, and according to information recorded on EpiSurv all these cases were laboratory confirmed. Of the March notifications, 4 cases had both clinical evidence and radiological evidence of pneumonia. Five cases were hospitalised.
  • Meningococcal disease: based on earliest date available, 26 cases of meningococcal disease were notified during March 2004, of which 15 (57.7%) were laboratory-confirmed. Where hospitalisation status was known (22 cases), all cases were hospitalised.
  • Pertussis: during March 2004 there were 87 pertussis notifications, compared to 127 cases the previous month, and 35 cases during March the previous year.  Of the March notifications 36 (41.4%) cases were laboratory confirmed. Of the 33 cases for whom this information was recorded, 10 (30.3%) had contact with a laboratory confirmed case of pertussis.
  • Shigellosis: 12 cases of shigellosis were notified during March 2004. This brings the year-to-date total to 34 cases. Hospitalisation status was recorded for 7 cases, of whom 3 were hospitalised. For the 5 cases with travel information records, 4 had been overseas during the incubation period.
  • Tuberculosis: 41 cases of Tuberculosis were notified in March, of whom 23 (56.1%) were laboratory confirmed. Twenty-eight cases were hospitalised. Country of birth was recorded for 27 cases, of whom 17 (63.0%) were born overseas.
  • VTEC/STEC:  6 VTEC/STEC cases were notified during March 2004 and these cases were confirmed by the ESR Enteric Reference Laboratory (ERL). Among the 5 notified cases for whom this information was recorded, 2 cases had recreational contact with water and with animals during the week before becoming ill.

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Monthly Surveillance Report - Mar 2004

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Monthly National Totals - Mar 2004

Monthly DHB Totals - Mar 2004

Monthly Rolling Totals - Mar 2004

 

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