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New Zealand has become the first country in the world to fully research the incidence of multiple sclerosis (MS) over an entire

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:24pm - New Zealand
Monday, 01 September 2008

A jointly funded report by the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Health Research Council, released today, says that close to 3000 people have been clinically identified as having MS (or 71.9 per 100,000 people), with a further 1200 potentially with the condition.

The $500,000 report, which took nearly two years to compile, shows that the prevalence of MS is significantly related to regions of the country -- increasing from 50.8 people per 100,000 in Northland to 134.6 people per 100,000 in Southland.

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