Story: Epidemics

Early influenza epidemic

A newspaper clipping.

Influenza is one of the first infectious diseases known to have reached epidemic proportions in New Zealand. It was widespread during 1852 and 1853. A European traveller noted that influenza was rife among Māori in Taranaki and Whanganui when he visited those regions in 1853. This extract from his journal was published in the Taranaki Herald.

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Reference: Taranaki Herald, 8 March 1854, p. 3

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How to cite this page:

Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - Epidemics, pandemics and disease control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/27772/early-influenza-epidemic (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2024