Monthly Surveillance Report - Dec 2004

Friday 20th September 2019


Key Notifiable Disease Trends

  • Campylobacter: a total of 1395 cases were notified in December 2004 of whom 1279 (91.7%) were confirmed. In comparison, 1542 cases were notified in the same month last year. South Canterbury recorded the highest current rate of 545.6 per 100 000 population compared to the national rate of 327.4 per 100 000 population.
  • Lead absorption: seven cases of lead absorption were notified in December 2004 compared to two cases notified at the same time last year. The cases range in range from 29 to 52 years. Two cases were currently working in high-risk occupation, as a painter and in the metal industry. Four cases were living in a pre-1970 constructed building.  Two of these buildings were currently having paint stripped. One case was recorded as having a hobby of making lead bullets.
  • Meningococcal disease: based on earliest date available, 18 cases of meningococcal disease were notified during December 2004, of which 10 (55.6%) were laboratory-confirmed. In comparison, 26 cases were notified the previous month, and 24 cases were notified during December 2003. The rate of disease was highest amongst infants aged less than one year (84.2 per 100 000 population), followed by children in the 1-4 years age group (44.4).
  • Pertussis: during December 2004, 538 cases were notified a slight decrease from the peak of 617 cases the month before  (Figure 1). Of the 538 December 2004 cases, 136 (25.3%) were laboratory-confirmed and 13 cases (2.8%, 13/457) had been hospitalised. Canterbury DHB had the highest number of cases (181). Southland DHB had the highest current incidence rate of 593.2 per 100 000 population (82 cases), compared to a national rate of 93.4 per 100 000 population. The current rate by age group was highest amongst infants aged less than one year (331.2 per 100 000 population), followed by the children in the 5-9 years age group (231.0), and children in the 10-14 years age group (207.4).
  • Shigellosis: 11 shigellosis cases were notified in December 2004 compared to seven notified cases during December the previous year.  The cases were from Canterbury (8), Waitemata (1), Auckland (1), and Counties Manukau (1) DHBs.  The ESR Enteric Reference Laboratory received isolates from six of the 11 cases. One isolate could not be further serotyped and five were identified as S. flexneri 2a (1), S. flexneri 6 (1), S. sonnei Biotype a (1), S. sonnei biotype g (1), and S. boydii 13 (1).

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Monthly Surveillance Report - Dec 2004

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Monthly National Totals - Dec 2004

Monthly DHB Totals - Dec 2004

Monthly Rolling Totals - Dec 2004

 

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Monthly National Totals - Dec 2004

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