Risk mapping and early warning systems for the control of meningitis in Africa

Luis E Cuevas, Isabelle Jeanne, Anna Molesworth, Michael Bell, Emily C Savory, Stephen J Connor, Madeleine C Thomson

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Abstract

Epidemics of meningococcal meningitis in Africa have plagued the continent for over a century. These epidemics have a strong association with the environment and efforts are being made to develop models to predict both their location and their incidence. This review describes the predictive models based on climate/environmental information currently available, describes work in progress, and presents evidence that the distribution of the epidemics is changing in a pattern that is compatible with changes in the environment. Discussion of priorities for research in the context of the new conjugate vaccines in Africa is also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A12-7
JournalVaccine
Volume25 Suppl 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Climate
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Geography
  • Humans
  • Meningitis, Meningococcal
  • Risk Factors

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