The 1996 pertussis epidemic in New Zealand: descriptive epidemiology.
T Blakely, O Mansoor, M Baker
The New Zealand Medical Journal | Published : 1999
AIM: To describe the 1996 pertussis epidemic. METHODS: Hospitalisation, notification and laboratory data were used to describe the 1996 pertussis epidemic and compare it with previous epidemics. RESULTS: The 1996 epidemic spanned 24 months. The crude hospitalisation rate from 1 June 1995 to 31 May 1997, was 10.1 per 100,000 person years, being highest for children aged six weeks to two months (42 to 90 days old inclusive; 1402 per 100,000). The 1996 epidemic involved more hospitalisations than the 1991 and 1986 epidemics, and a greater proportion for children under the age of one year (77%), compared to previous epidemics (60-70%). There were no deaths. Pertussis only became notifiable from ..View full abstract