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Acute hepatitis B resulting in hospitalisation in New Zealand.
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PMID:  8598939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: To describe the epidemiology of acute hepatitis B resulting in hospital admission in New Zealand. METHODS: National hospitalisation data on acute hepatitis B (ICD9 codes 070.2, 070.3) were analysed. RESULTS: The average annual hospitalisation rate from acute hepatitis B in New Zealand was 1.4 per 100 000 for the years 1985-91. There was a greater risk of morbidity in Maori (relative risk (RR) for hospitalisation of Maori: RR = 2.24, (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.98, 2.52). The figure for Pacific Islands people was even higher (RR = 2.53, 95% CI = 2.01, 3.19). Relatively high hospitalisation rates occurred in males and in those aged between 15 and 29 years. Hospitalisations from acute hepatitis B were estimated to cost the hospital sector approximately $220,000 per year. Death occurred in 36 (5.4%) of these cases. CONCLUSION: Data on hospitalisations from acute hepatitis B can provide useful information on the epidemiology of this disease in New Zealand.
N Wilson; M Baker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  109     ISSN:  0028-8446     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1996 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-04-25     Completed Date:  1996-04-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  NEW ZEALAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  54-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health Communicable Disease Centre, Porirua.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Age Distribution
Child, Preschool
Ethnic Groups
Health Services Research
Hepatitis B / epidemiology*
Hospital Costs
Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*,  trends
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
New Zealand / epidemiology
Population Surveillance
Sex Distribution
Comment In:
N Z Med J. 1996 Apr 26;109(1020):150-1   [PMID:  8649676 ]

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