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Maternal and neonatal tetanus

Thwaites, C Louise, Beeching, Nicholas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7019-8791 and Newton, Charles R (2014) 'Maternal and neonatal tetanus'. Lancet, Vol 385, Issue 9965, pp. 362-370.

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Abstract

Maternal and neonatal tetanus is still a substantial but preventable cause of mortality in many developing countries. Case fatality from these diseases remains high and treatment is limited by scarcity of resources and effective drug treatments. The Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative, launched by WHO and its partners, has made substantial progress in eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. Sustained emphasis on improvement of vaccination coverage, birth hygiene, and surveillance, with specific approaches in high-risk areas, has meant that the incidence of the disease continues to fall. Despite this progress, an estimated 58 000 neonates and an unknown number of mothers die every year from tetanus. As of June, 2014, 24 countries are still to eliminate the disease. Maintenance of elimination needs ongoing vaccination programmes and improved public health infrastructure.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Seminar
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 310 Maternal welfare
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Infection. Bacterial Infections > Other Bacterial Infections. Zoonotic Bacterial Infections > WC 370 Tetanus. Trismus
WQ Obstetrics > Pregnancy Complications > WQ 256 Infectious diseases
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 420 Newborn infants. Neonatology
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60236-1
Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2015 11:39
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 14:39
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/4701

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