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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Zealand : Further cases of meningococcal disease in Northland

Article via NZ Doctor, excerpt :

" A two-year-old Kaipara girl was admitted to Whangarei Hospital with meningococcal disease on 9 October.

She is the 13th meningococcal case in Northland since the beginning of July.

Northland DHB medical officer of health Clair Mills was unwilling to say where in Kaipara the girl is from. She says it is a small community.

Third fatality since July

Since New Zealand Doctor's last report on 16 September there have been two other confirmed cases of meningococcal disease, including one fatality, and two further suspected cases.

An 82-year-old woman was admitted to Whangarei Hospital and died on 22 September and a five-year-old was admitted to hospital on 7 October. Both were confirmed as having type C strain of the disease."

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