Report reveals NZ children diagnosed with chlamydia
NZ Herald 21 January 2016
An annual report reveals more than 28,000 Kiwis contracted the most common sexually transmitted disease, chlamydia, last year.
Eighty-three children under the age of one were also reported to have contracted the disease, according to the Institute of Environmental Science and Research.
The research revealed infants born to infected mothers could contract the disease during delivery.
The report also revealed 83 per cent of chlamydia cases were most commonly diagnosed in females between the ages of 15 to 24 years.
Maori females aged between 15 to 19 years old were reported to have the highest estimated rate of the disease — more than twice the national estimate.
Gonorrhoea was found in 70 out of every 100,000 Kiwis.
Maori females aged 15 to 19 years were reported to have the highest estimated rate — with 396 reported cases per 100,000 people.
That was more than threes times the national rate.