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The New Zealand Medical Journal (Online) ; 133(1514):7-9, 2020.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1678777


The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine has advocated for more public health medicine training positions for several years. Because of the scope of public health, workforce development also requires more people skilled in areas such as epidemiology and statistics, geospatial epidemiology, social marketing, informatics and emergency management. First and foremost, this must achieve health equity for Maori. Public health needs capital infrastructure investment to deliver information systems and workforce development to meet current demands, as well as an increase in baseline funding for both national (Ministry of Health and ESR), and regional (public health unit) service delivery.

Emerg Infect Dis ; 27(3): 687-693, 2021 03.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1007034


Since the first wave of coronavirus disease in March 2020, citizens and permanent residents returning to New Zealand have been required to undergo managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) for 14 days and mandatory testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As of October 20, 2020, of 62,698 arrivals, testing of persons in MIQ had identified 215 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Among 86 passengers on a flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that arrived in New Zealand on September 29, test results were positive for 7 persons in MIQ. These passengers originated from 5 different countries before a layover in Dubai; 5 had negative predeparture SARS-CoV-2 test results. To assess possible points of infection, we analyzed information about their journeys, disease progression, and virus genomic data. All 7 SARS-CoV-2 genomes were genetically identical, except for a single mutation in 1 sample. Despite predeparture testing, multiple instances of in-flight SARS-CoV-2 transmission are likely.

Aircraft , COVID-19 , Quarantine , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , COVID-19/diagnosis , COVID-19/transmission , Humans , Masks , New Zealand , Physical Distancing , SARS-CoV-2/classification , United Arab Emirates