Infectious disease control
An infectious disease is a disease that can be spread from one person to another. They are also known as communicable diseases.
The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service has an important role to play in controlling the spread of communicable and notifiable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough.
A notifiable disease is any disease that is required by law to be reported to government authorities. In New Zealand health practitioners such as GPs (doctors) are required under the Health Act to report any suspected cases of a notifiable disease to their local public health service.
Notification allows for appropriate public health control measures to be taken to reduce the risk of further spread, for disease surveillance and for monitoring of the effectiveness of control measures.
Public alerts about disease outbreaks
In most circumstances, any new cases of a notifiable disease in the Nelson, Tasman or Marlborough region will be confirmed with a notice on this website. Local media are often informed and updates provided though media as well as on this website and the Nelson Marlborough Health Facebook page.
Notifiable diseases A-Z
The following links take you to the Health Navigator, Ministry of Health and HealthEd websites for comprehensive information including fact sheets in multiple languages.
Page last updated: 30/10/2019