Measles outbreak investigation in Karaye, Kano State, Nigeria, March 2013
Basheer Lawan Muhammad1,2,&, Hussaini Bala1, Musa Bawa1, Patrick Nguku1, Kabir Sabitu3
1Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Abuja, Nigeria, 2State Malaria Elimination Program, Public Health & Disease Control Department, Ministry of Health, Kano, Nigeria, 3Department of Community Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Basheer Lawan Muhammad, Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Abuja, Nigeria
measles remains a major public health importance disease with high morbidity and mortality (158,000 deaths globally, 2011) among young children, despite the availability of safe and cost-effective vaccine. In Nigeria, where Measles is endemic, a large nationwide Measles outbreak occurred in 2013, with almost 29,000 recorded cases concentrated in the northwest (Kano State inclusive). On 6th February 2013; the Nigeria FELTP received a report of Measles outbreak in Karaye Local Government Area (LGA) Kano State. We investigated to verify the existence of the outbreak, characterize it and institute public health action.
we conducted a descriptive study and carried out records review from six health facilities. Active case search was also conducted during reactive-vaccination in the community and all cases meeting the case definition were line-listed. A case was defined as any resident of Kurungu, Unguwar-Tofa, Magajin-gari, Kwanyawa, Kafin-Dabga and Usama wards with fever, maculo-papular rash and any of cough, coryza or conjunctivitis from 1st January to 28th March, 2013. We collected 8 blood specimens for Measles IgM testing.
total of 132 cases was included for data analysis. Of the 132 cases, 79 (59.8%)
were males; the age ranges from 0.7 - 11 years. The attack rate was highest
among children 2-3 years (0.04%) and lowest in age group 8-9 years (0.0007%).
The first occurred on January 1st, 2013; while the highest peak was
on 11th February 2013. Most cases came from Kurungu Ward. Five of
the eight (62.5%) samples tested positive Measles IgM.
an outbreak of Measles occurred in Karaye LGA. Children aged 2-3 years were
mostly affected. Massive vaccination campaign was conducted in the LGA.
Nigeria CDC/Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme 2<sup>nd</sup> Annual Scientific Conference (Abuja)
To create a platform for epidemiologists and public health physicians to share their scientific works, NCDC/NFELTP organized the 2nd annual scientific conference with the theme "strengthening one health through field epidemiology training" at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria from July 5-7, 2017. The objectives of the conference were to provide residents and graduates a forum to share findings from their field activities; provide training opportunity for trainees on scientific communication; provide an opportunity for epidemiological networking as well as create a forum to discuss pertinent public health issues. In attendance were dignitaries from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, WHO, Africa CDC, Ministries Departments and Agencies, University officials and other implementing partners. With the current rise in zoonotic diseases, the conference also featured a two-day pre-conference workshop on One Health which prioritized zoonotic infectious diseases in Nigeria using standardized prioritization methods. A second workshop focused on antimicrobial resistance. There were 38 oral presentations, 60 poster presentations and 2 plenary sessions. The presentations covered various sub-themes ranging from outbreak investigations, case management, health system strengthening, vaccine preventable diseases, communicable diseases and surveillance. The conference featured a National Night and climaxed with awards to outstanding presenters.
Dates: 05 Jul 17 - 07 Jul 17
Venue: Transcorp Hilton Hotel
Organizers: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control / Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme
Contact person: Dr Patrick Nguku (firstname.lastname@example.org)