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(From The Dominion Post)
Byline: MANAGH Cushla
FEWER cases of meningococcal disease have been reported so far this year, but health authorities warn against complacency.
The latest figures show 30 cases have been notified this year, compared with 58 cases at the same time last year.
Institute of Environmental Science and Research principal scientist Diana Martin said the figures tended to fluctuate year by year, and the number of cases now did not necessarily mean there would be fewer cases this year than last.
New Zealand has been in the grip of a meningococcal epidemic since 1991.
According to the Health Ministry, more …