17 Aug 2023

Meningococcal disease could be eliminated from NZ say experts

From Morning Report, 8:55 am on 17 August 2023

Eliminating meningococcal disease permanently from New Zealand is achievable, according to a group of leading infectious disease experts.

University of Otago epidemiologist Amanda Kvalsvig and her colleagues have published a briefing this morning which describes how a nationwide programme could target the bacterial disease, which is vaccine-preventable, but has a high mortality rate if untreated.

Kvalsvig spoke to Corin Dann.