Tuberculosis continues to occur in New Zealand. On average 350-400 cases occur each year.
In 2010 in New Zealand there were 307 persons notified with tuberculosis (new cases and reactivations).
Tuberculosis control in the 21st century faces many challenges at the global, regional and national level. The problems of poverty, adherence to treatment and stigma still prevail, while increasing drug resistance and HIV co-infection demand new approaches.
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Communicable Disease Control Manual 2012
The Communicable Disease Control Manual seeks to inform and assist those at the frontline of public health action, namely the medical officers of health, health protection officers and staff at public health units. The manual describes the standard practice that public health services would normally follow in regard to the prevention and control of notifiable diseases such as tuberculosis.
Guidelines for Tuberculosis Control in New Zealand 2010 (August 2010)
The Guidelines for Tuberculosis Control in New Zealand 2010 contain up-to-date information on the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. Includes information on infection control and best practice for dealing with people who have tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis Case Management in Prisoners: Joint Protocol for Corrections Facilities and TB Treatment Supervising Services (Regional Public Health Services and/or Clinical TB Services) in New Zealand
This publication provides general information about TB, as well as more specific guidance on the practical aspects of TB case management of prisoners in corrections facilities.
Review of Neonatal BCG Immunisation Services in New Zealand
This review evaluates the neonatal BCG immunisation service in New Zealand.
Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for Tuberculosis
Detection and cure remains the cornerstone of TB control. Directly observed therapy (DOT)ensures adherence. The Tuberculosis Working Group of the Ministry of Health strongly supports the use of DOT and urges all Medical Officers of Health to work with local medical practitioners to ensure that DOT is offered to all patients who are likely to benefit from it.