Kōrero: Epidemics

Early influenza epidemic

Early influenza epidemic

Influenza was 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 places in 1853. His journal, which was published in the Taranaki Herald, describes this.

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

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - Epidemics, pandemics and disease control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/document/27772/early-influenza-epidemic (accessed 25 August 2019)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 May 2018