Measles in Democratic Republic of Congo: an outbreak description from Katanga, 2010--2011

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/295249
Title:
Measles in Democratic Republic of Congo: an outbreak description from Katanga, 2010--2011
Authors:
Grout, Lise; Minetti, Andrea; Hurtado, Northan; François, Gwenola; Fermon, Florence; Chatelain, Anne; Harczi, Géza; Ngoie, Jean de; N Goran, Alexandra; Luquero, Francisco J; Grais, Rebecca F; Porten, Klaudia
Journal:
BMC Infectious Diseases
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: The Democratic Republic of Congo experiences regular measles outbreaks. From September 2010, the number of suspected measles cases increased, especially in Katanga province, where Medecins sans Frontieres supported the Ministry of Health in responding to the outbreak by providing free treatment, reinforcing surveillance and implementing non-selective mass vaccination campaigns. Here, we describe the measles outbreak in Katanga province in 2010--2011 and the results of vaccine coverage surveys conducted after the mass campaigns. METHODS: The surveillance system was strengthened in 28 of the 67 health zones of the province and we conducted seven vaccination coverage surveys in 2011. RESULTS: The overall cumulative attack rate was 0.71% and the case fatality ratio was 1.40%.The attack rate was higher in children under 4 and decreased with age. This pattern was consistent across districts and time. The number of cases aged 10 years and older barely increased during the outbreak. CONCLUSIONS: Early investigation of the age distribution of cases is a key to understanding the epidemic, and should guide the vaccination of priority age groups.
Affiliation:
Epicentre, Paris, France
Publisher:
BioMed Central (Springer Science)
Issue Date:
22-May-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/295249
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2334-13-232
PubMed ID:
23697535
Submitted date:
2013-06-20
Language:
en
ISSN:
1471-2334
Appears in Collections:
Vaccination

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGrout, Liseen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMinetti, Andreaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHurtado, Northanen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFrançois, Gwenolaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFermon, Florenceen_GB
dc.contributor.authorChatelain, Anneen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHarczi, Gézaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNgoie, Jean deen_GB
dc.contributor.authorN Goran, Alexandraen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLuquero, Francisco Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGrais, Rebecca Fen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPorten, Klaudiaen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-04T20:43:37Z-
dc.date.available2013-07-04T20:43:37Z-
dc.date.issued2013-05-22-
dc.date.submitted2013-06-20-
dc.identifier.citationMeasles in Democratic Republic of Congo: an outbreak description from Katanga, 2010--2011. 2013, 13 (1):232 BMC Infect. Dis.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1471-2334-
dc.identifier.pmid23697535-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2334-13-232-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/295249-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The Democratic Republic of Congo experiences regular measles outbreaks. From September 2010, the number of suspected measles cases increased, especially in Katanga province, where Medecins sans Frontieres supported the Ministry of Health in responding to the outbreak by providing free treatment, reinforcing surveillance and implementing non-selective mass vaccination campaigns. Here, we describe the measles outbreak in Katanga province in 2010--2011 and the results of vaccine coverage surveys conducted after the mass campaigns. METHODS: The surveillance system was strengthened in 28 of the 67 health zones of the province and we conducted seven vaccination coverage surveys in 2011. RESULTS: The overall cumulative attack rate was 0.71% and the case fatality ratio was 1.40%.The attack rate was higher in children under 4 and decreased with age. This pattern was consistent across districts and time. The number of cases aged 10 years and older barely increased during the outbreak. CONCLUSIONS: Early investigation of the age distribution of cases is a key to understanding the epidemic, and should guide the vaccination of priority age groups.en_GB
dc.languageENG-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBioMed Central (Springer Science)en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to BMC Infectious Diseasesen_GB
dc.subjectMeaslesen_GB
dc.subjectOutbreaksen_GB
dc.subjectPediatricsen_GB
dc.subjectVaccinationen_GB
dc.titleMeasles in Democratic Republic of Congo: an outbreak description from Katanga, 2010--2011en
dc.contributor.departmentEpicentre, Paris, Franceen_GB
dc.identifier.journalBMC Infectious Diseasesen_GB

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