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Environmental risk and meningitis epidemics in Africa

Molesworth, Anna M., Cuevas, Luis ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6581-0587, Connor, Stephen J., Morse, A. P. and Thomson, Madeleine C. (2003) 'Environmental risk and meningitis epidemics in Africa'. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol 9, Issue 10, pp. 1287-1293.

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Abstract

Epidemics of meningococcal meningitis occur in areas with particular environmental characteristics. We present evidence that the relationship between the environment and the location of these epidemics is quantifiable and propose a model based on environmental variables to identify regions at risk for meningitis epidemics. These findings, which have substantial implications for directing surveillance activities and health policy, provide a basis for monitoring the impact of climate variability and environmental change on epidemic occurrence in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 32
Subjects: QZ Pathology > Pathogenesis. Etiology > QZ 40 Pathogenesis. Etiology
WA Public Health > WA 105 Epidemiology
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Infection. Bacterial Infections > Bacterial Infections > WC 245 Meningococcal infections
WL Nervous System > WL 200 Meninges. Blood-brain barrier
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Child & Reproductive Health Group
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.3201/eid0910.030182
Depositing User: Martin Chapman
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 12:53
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:04
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/2615

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