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Influenza rate still higher than usual

By   /  June 20, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Influenza rate still higher than usual

Source: ESR The rate of influenza among New Zealanders is higher than usual for this time of year but the severity of illness is low and the past week has seen a decline in influenza-associated hospitalisations. ESR’s latest online Influenza Intelligence Report, for the week ended Sunday 16 June, shows a continued higher rate of […]

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Measles cases total 215 after new cases in Counties Manukau

By   /  June 18, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Measles cases total 215 after new cases in Counties Manukau

Source: ESR ESR says a further 14 cases of measles have been confirmed over the past week, bringing the total so far in 2019 to 215. Genotyping of measles strains circulating this year has indicated that, since April, the hot spots for infection have been in the Waitemata District Health Board area and in the […]

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New Zealand selected for major global research on influenza

By   /  June 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on New Zealand selected for major global research on influenza

Source: ESR New Zealand children will play an important role in the next major global research on human immunity to influenza. This country and ESR have been selected by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a US$3 million research project on how first exposure to flu viruses shapes immunity to flu throughout life. […]

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Measles cases total 195 so far in 2019

By   /  June 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Measles cases total 195 so far in 2019

Source: ESR ESR says a further 24 cases of measles have been confirmed over the past week, bringing the total so far in 2019 to 195. Genotyping of measles strains circulating in 2019 has indicated that, since April, the hot spots for infection have been in the Waitemata District Health Board area and in the […]

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The flu season is here

By   /  June 6, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on The flu season is here

Source: ESR ESR’s latest online Influenza Intelligence Report, for the week ending on Sunday 2 June, shows a significant rise in number of people visiting GPs with influenza-like symptoms compared with the previous week: an estimated 1900 visits over the latest week. Northland, Auckland, Tairawhiti and South Canterbury recorded the highest rates of GP visits. […]

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Influenza on the increase | ESR

By   /  May 31, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Influenza on the increase | ESR

Source: ESR 31 May 2019 Influenza cases increase in the past week There has been an increase in influenza like illness cases reported in New Zealand in the past week, although indicators of influenza severity still remain low. ESR’s latest online Influenza Intelligence Report, for the week ending on Sunday 26 May, describes an increase […]

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Further cases of measles confirmed

By   /  May 28, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Further cases of measles confirmed

Source: ESR ESR says a further 14 cases of measles have been confirmed over the past week, bringing the total so far in 2019 to 158. The past week’s figures include the first two cases confirmed so far this year in the Hutt Valley. ESR genotyping of measles strains circulating in 2019 has indicated that […]

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Measles update | ESR

By   /  May 21, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Measles update | ESR

Source: ESR Measles cases linked to single importation. ESR scientists say the majority of cases of measles in Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty are likely to have originated from one initial case in Auckland.  ESR, which tracks all notifiable diseases on behalf of the Ministry of Health, reports there are now 142 cases of […]

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Measles cases now up to 111

By   /  May 6, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Measles cases now up to 111

Source: ESR There have now been 111 cases of measles reported in New Zealand so far this year.   Outbreaks of measles occur when the disease is brought into the country following international travel.  The virus then spreads to others in the community because the country’s vaccination rates are not high enough to prevent disease spread. […]

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Measles cases almost at 100

By   /  May 3, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Measles cases almost at 100

Source: ESR                                       There have now been 99 cases of measles reported in New Zealand in the first four months of the year.  Outbreaks of measles occur when the disease is brought into the country following international travel.  The […]

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Sharp rise in measles numbers

By   /  April 29, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Sharp rise in measles numbers

Source: ESR                                There have now been 96 cases of measles reported in New Zealand so far this year, with most cases linked to outbreaks in Canterbury and the Auckland Region over recent weeks. In addition to the recent outbreaks in New Zealand, there have been measles outbreaks reported in […]

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School holidays increasing risk of measles

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on School holidays increasing risk of measles

Source: ESR                  There have now been 75 cases of measles reported in New Zealand so far this year, with most cases linked to outbreaks in Canterbury and the Auckland Region over recent weeks. In addition to the recent outbreaks in New Zealand, there have been measles outbreaks […]

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Study shows importance of flu shots during pregnancy

By   /  April 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Study shows importance of flu shots during pregnancy

Source: ESR Research by ESR scientists backs the importance of flu shots during pregnancy. ESR epidemiologist Namrata Prasad says her study using data from ESR’s world-leading SHIVERS (Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance) study emphasises the importance of seasonal vaccinations among pregnant women. Those findings were recently published in The Journal of […]

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Groundwater central to the country’s future

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Groundwater central to the country’s future

Source: ESR Groundwater is central to the future of the country’s freshwater and waterways, says ESR’s chief scientist. Brett Cowan says the country’s top earners such as tourism, dairy and marine industries are all underpinned by and dependent on water.                 “The cost of not making groundwater a priority […]

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Measles – not what you want for Easter

By   /  April 5, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Measles – not what you want for Easter

Source: ESR                    So far this year there have been 67 cases of measles reported in New Zealand, with most cases linked to outbreaks in Canterbury and the Auckland Region over recent weeks. In addition to the outbreaks in New Zealand, there have been measles outbreaks reported recently in other […]

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ESR says groundwater critical to large number of drinking supplies

By   /  April 4, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR says groundwater critical to large number of drinking supplies

Source: ESR                                   ESR leading water scientist Murray Close says the country’s groundwater needs urgent attention. An inaugural conference on groundwater is being held in Christchurch tomorrow (Friday April 5 – see below for details), in a bid to […]

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Almost 50 cases of measles have been confirmed this year.

By   /  March 19, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on Almost 50 cases of measles have been confirmed this year.

Source: ESR Almost 50 cases of measles have been confirmed this year, with almost two thirds of the cases linked to the current outbreak in Canterbury. ESR, the science agency which tracks all notifiable diseases on behalf of the Ministry of Health, says there have been 49 cases to date this year, with outbreaks also […]

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ESR experience and expertise behind win of top science prize

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR experience and expertise behind win of top science prize

Source: ESR Winning the country’s top science award is a feather in the cap for ESR scientists and comes only one year after the Crown Research Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary. ESR was formed in 1992 after the reorganisation of the behemoth Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and the setting up of individual […]

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STRmix™ a “powerful tool”, making the complicated simple

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on STRmix™ a “powerful tool”, making the complicated simple

Source: ESR Winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize, the DNA analysis software, “STRmix™, has been used internationally to interpret DNA evidence in more than 100,000 cases since 2012. “STRmix™ is a very powerful tool,” says Dr David Foran from the Forensic Biology Laboratory at Michigan State University. “It takes something that is potentially very […]

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ESR scientists keeping ahead of the game

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, ESR, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government Public Service, Science  /  Comments Off on ESR scientists keeping ahead of the game

Source: ESR The key to the success of STRmix™, the ESR forensic software that has won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize, is the quality of the team that developed it and the quality of the research, says ESR’s STRmix™ Manager, Bjorn Sutherland.  He says internationally, STRmix™ is acknowledged as world leading, with law enforcement agencies […]

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