Infectious disease (50+ years)

Table 27 shows that tuberculosis notifications were over 3.5 times higher for Māori males aged 50–64 years than for non-Māori males of the same age (RR 3.68, CI 2.06–6.57). For females in this age group, the Māori/non-Māori disparity was just over 2.5 times (RR 2.63, CI 1.47–4.72).

Disparities in the 65+ years age groups were apparent for Māori of both genders: tuberculosis notifications were around 5 times higher for both Māori males and females compared to non-Māori males and females of this age (RR 5.18, CI 3.07–8.75 for males; RR 4.92, CI 2.63–9.22 for females).

How to interpret results – tables

Table 27: Infectious disease indicators, Māori and non-Māori, by gender, 2006–08
  Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
Indicator Māori non-Maori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Tuberculosis notifications, 2006–08, rate per 100,000 19.1
(10.7–31.6)
5.2
(3.9–6.9)
55.0
(32.6–86.9)
10.6
(8.3–13.4)
16.0
(8.8–26.9)
6.1
(4.6–7.9)
31.9
(17.0–54.6)
6.5
(4.9–8.5)

Source: Environmental Science and Research Ltd

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used – see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

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