MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK IN TRINIDAD, 1998
Dave D. Chadee 1 * , Robert Lee 2, Anthony Ferdinand 3, Parimi Prabhakar 2, Denise Clarke 2, Benjamin Jacob 4
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1 University of the West Indies,Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine Trinidad, West Indies
2 University of the West Indies, Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, Federation Park, Port of Spain, Trinidad
3 University of the West Indies, Department of Para Clinical Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Mt. Hope, Trinidad
4 University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miami, Florida, USA
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Abstract

Aim: To describe an outbreak of serogroup B neisseria meningitidis occurred in Trinidad during 1998. Methods: Epidemiological survey was conducted following the identification of the fist case in El Socorroi Trinidat. Results: Thirteen other cases were detected with the majority found among the <5 age group which accounted for 42.9%, followed by the 45-64 age group with 14.3%. Mortality was 57.1%, highest among the <5 age group accounting for 50% followed by the 25-44 and 45-64 age groups with 25%, respectively. Two distinct clusters of N. meningitidis cases were identified using GPS/ GIS systems which graphically demonstrated the link between the two clusters. Conclusion: The implications of these results are discussed with respect to surveillance systems.

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https://doi.org/10.29333/ejgm/82377

EUR J GEN MED, 2006 - Volume 3 Issue 2, pp. 49-53

Publication date: 15 Apr 2006

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