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European Journal of General Medicine
Medical Investigations Society
ISSN: 1304-3897
Vol. 3, No. 2, 2006, pp. 49-53
Bioline Code: gm06011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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European Journal of General Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2006, pp. 49-53

 en MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK IN TRINIDAD, 1998
Dave D. Chadee, Robert Lee, Anthony Ferdinand, Parimi Prabhakar, Denise Clarke, Benjamin Jacob

Abstract

Aim: To describe an outbreak of serogroup B neisseria meningitidis check for this species in other resources 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.

Keywords
Neisseria meningitidis, serogroup B outbreak, mortality, GPS/GIS, surveillance, Trinidad

 
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