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Volume 18, Number 2—February 2012

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Declining Guillain-Barré Syndrome after Campylobacteriosis Control, New Zealand, 1988–2010

Michael G. BakerComments to Author , Amanda Kvalsvig, Jane Zhang, Rob Lake, Ann Sears, and Nick Wilson
Author affiliations: University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand (M.G. Baker, A. Kvalsvig, J. Zhang, A. Sears, N. Wilson); Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Christchurch, New Zealand (R. Lake)

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Table 4

Distribution of campylobacteriosis and GBS cases, by age, New Zealand, July 1995–December 2008*

Age group, y Campylobacteriosis notifications

Camplyobacteriosis hospitalizations
GBS hospitalizations
GBS hospitalizations associated with camplylobacteriosis
No. (%) Rate‡ No. (%) Rate‡ No. (%) Rate‡ No. (%) Rate‡
<5 15,232 (11.7) 442.5 538 (6.4) 13.9 45 (3.4) 1.2 0 0
5–9 6,295 (4.9) 176.9 200 (2.4) 5.0 33 (2.5) 0.8 2 (5.9) 0.1
10–19 14,481 (11.2) 203.7 965 (11.4) 12.2 113 (8.6) 1.4 3 (8.8) 0
20–29 25,063 (19.3) 385.9 1,509 (17.9) 20.6 115 (8.7) 1.6 1 (2.9) 0
30–39 19,511 (15.0) 270.7 935 (11.1) 11.5 146 (11.1) 1.8 3 (8.8) 0
40–49 16,572 (12.8) 237.0 747 (8.8) 9.6 149 (11.3) 1.9 5 (14.7) 0.1
50–59 14,311 (11.0) 261.9 778 (9.2) 13.0 226 (17.1) 3.8 6 (17.7) 0.1
60–69 9,559 (7.4) 255.7 824 (9.8) 19.9 209 (15.8) 5.0 7 (20.6) 0.2
70–79 6,174 (4.8) 235.9 1,046 (12.4) 35.9 200 (15.2) 6.9 5 (14.7) 0.2
>80 2,712 (2.1) 190.8 906 (10.7) 57.9 84 (6.4) 5.4 2 (5.9) 0.1
Total 129,910 (100.0) 270.4 8,448 (100.0) 15.8 1,320 (100.0) 2.5 34 (100.0) 0.1

*GBS, Guillain-Barré syndrome.
†Association with hospitalization for camplylobacteriosis. Includes subsequent and concurrent hospitalizations (campylobacteriosis and GBS diagnoses at time of hospital discharge).
‡Average annual no./100,000 population.

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