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Preparedness, surveillance and response

Samoans shocked by typhoid death

Distraught family members of a Samoan woman who died of typhoid last week said Auckland health officials did not tell them she had the disease for a week. The woman was one of up to 18 Samoans who fell ill in a typhoid outbreak over the past 10 days or so, her family had believed she died of salmonella but learned it was typhoid through the pressĀ 

April 4, 2017
Cook Islands News
April 6, 2017
The New Zealand Herald
April 5, 2017
April 6, 2017
April 5, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Child obesity linked to poor heart health

Being overweight or obese, from as young as 3, has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease later in early midlife. New findings, from a study into the health of 1037 people born in Dunedin in 1972-1973, has found that childhood obesity can have lifelong implications. Lead author of the research paper, published in the International Journal of Obesity, professor Michael Williams said those who were overweight, obese or severely obese in early childhood were more at risk. He said while adult obesity was a known risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease - the number one cause of death worldwide - these findings showed the link could be traced back to early childhood

June 7, 2017
New Zealand Herald, Medical Express

NZers not taking asthma seriously enough, experts warn

15% of children and 11% of adults have asthma. It causes 1.6 deaths and 163 hospitalisations per 100,000 people, with far higher rates among Maori and Pacific communities. A recent report indicated the disease was prevalent for children in the Whanganui, Tairawhiti and Northland District Board areas and for adults in Wairapa, Hutt Valley and Mid Central districts

May 2, 2017
Radio New Zealand