News and media releases

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Legionella numbers on the rise

09 October 2018

ESR scientists say gardeners should be aware of the risks posed by potting mix and compost, as cases of legionella bacterial infection begin to rise.

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ESR extends flu surveillance

08 October 2018

For those who have suffered from a bad case of flu over the winter, it may be galling to note this season has been marked by a relatively low number of cases.

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TB disproportionately affecting Māori

24 September 2018

Migrants to New Zealand carry the highest risk of having TB, although Māori continue to suffer more from the disease compared with others born in NZ.

Scientists in the age of ‘fake news’

23 September 2018

ESR’s new Chief Scientist says at a time when there is an increasing distrust of experts, scientists have a responsibility to communicate simply and clearly.

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Measuring Groundwater Health

20 September 2018

ESR scientists studying groundwater aquifers in Canterbury and Southland are seeing a reduction in biological diversity due to an increase in nutrients