Differential mortality rates by ethnicity in 3 influenza pandemics over a century, New Zealand

Wilson, Nick, Barnard, Lucy Telfar, Summers, Jennifer A., Shanks, G. Dennis and Baker, Michael G. (2012) Differential mortality rates by ethnicity in 3 influenza pandemics over a century, New Zealand. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18 1: 71-77. doi:10.3201/eid1801.110035


Author Wilson, Nick
Barnard, Lucy Telfar
Summers, Jennifer A.
Shanks, G. Dennis
Baker, Michael G.
Title Differential mortality rates by ethnicity in 3 influenza pandemics over a century, New Zealand
Journal name Emerging Infectious Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1080-6040
1080-6059
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3201/eid1801.110035
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 71
End page 77
Total pages 7
Place of publication Atlanta, United States
Publisher U.S. Department of Health and Human Services * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Language eng
Subject 2726 Microbiology (medical)
2725 Infectious Diseases
2713 Epidemiology
Formatted abstract
Evidence suggests that indigenous populations have suffered disproportionately from past influenza pandemics. To examine any such patterns for Māori in New Zealand, we searched the literature and performed new analyses by using additional datasets. The Māori death rate in the 1918 pandemic (4,230/100,000 population) was 7.3× the European rate. In the 1957 pandemic, the Māori death rate (40/100,000) was 6.2× the European rate. In the 2009 pandemic, the Māori rate was higher than the European rate (rate ratio 2.6, 95% confidence interval 1.3–5.3). These findings suggest some decline in pandemic-related ethnic inequalities in death rates over the past century. Nevertheless, the persistent excess in adverse outcomes for Māori, and for Pacific persons residing in New Zealand, highlights the need for improved public health responses.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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