Liza D. Lopez

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BACKGROUND The national influenza surveillance in New Zealand is an essential public health component for assessing and implementing strategies to control influenza. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to report the national influenza surveillance data collected during 1997-2006 in terms of the community disease burden, circulating viral strains,(More)
Prepared for Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry under project MRP/10/02 – Systematic reporting of epidemiology of potentially foodborne disease in New Zealand for year 2010, as part of overall contract for scientific services DISCLAIMER This report or document (" the Report ") is given by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (" ESR(More)
BACKGROUND Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157:H7 and related non-O157 STEC strains are enteric pathogens of public health concern worldwide, causing life-threatening diseases. Cattle are considered the principal hosts and have been shown to be a source of infection for both foodborne and environmental outbreaks in humans. The aims of this(More)
INTRODUCTION Determining the optimal time to vaccinate is important for influenza vaccination programmes. Here, we assessed the temporal characteristics of influenza epidemics in the Northern and Southern hemispheres and in the tropics, and discuss their implications for vaccination programmes. METHODS This was a retrospective analysis of surveillance(More)
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