Clinical microbiology laboratories play a critical and increasingly complex role in the diagnosis of infectious disease. The New Zealand Microbiology Network (NZMN) connects these laboratories together in order to provide timely and consistent responses to issues relating to laboratory testing and to ensure regular communication between microbiology laboratories in New Zealand.
The Ministry of Health contracted the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) to establish and facilitate the NZMN in 2014.
To get in touch with the NZMN, please contact the Chair. Email NZMN
5th December 2017
23rd November 2017
The New Zealand National Antimicrobial Susceptibility testing committee (NZ NAC) has just been formed and will have its inaugural meeting in early 2018. It will provide advice to NZ clinical microbiology laboratories on all aspects of antimicrobial susceptibility testing. More details to follow...
13th-19th November 2017
This is a good reminder to everyone of the need to publicise the potential dangers that arise from the misuse of antimicrobials. World Antibiotic Awareness Week is a promotion by the WHO. Educational and promotional materials are available on their website.
12th October 2017
WHO verifies New Zealand has eliminated measles and rubella due to high vaccination rates.
There can be little room for complacency, but encouraging news as the WHO verifes that endemic measles and rubella transmission has been eliminated from New Zealand. Click here for the full NZ Herald article.
11 August 2017
There has been a significant increase in mumps cases in NZ since the start of 2017. The majority of cases are from the 15-30 year age group. Most cases have been seen in patients who have not been vaccinated for mumps, but there have also been some cases in the vaccinated cohort. A significant proportion of cases have been overseas, and in particular to Fiji or Tonga where mumps is currently circulating.
Please click here for general advice on mumps from the Ministry of Health.
Please click here for specific mumps public health advice to health professionals from the Ministry of Health, including an updated clinical case definition.
NZMN laboratory testing advice for mumps is available here
We are now in the middle of the flu season in New Zealand. For the latest surveillance report from ESR, please click here.
Can social media give early warning of flu epidemics? The Ministry of Health has been working with Massey Univeristy and Environmental Science and Research Limited to investigate whether social media conversations, on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, can be used as an early indicator of flu outbreaks.
As part of this work, there is a simple online survey to see how New Zealanders use social media when they are sick. More info here.
The Ministry of Health have released the draft antimicrobial resistance action plan. Countries are invited to present their national action plans at a WHO meeting in May. The Antimicrobial Resistance Action Planning Group's document ' Antimicrobial Resistance: New Zealand's current situation and identified areas for action' is available to view here.