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Poliomyelitis outbreak in Natal/KwaZulu, South Africa, 1987–1988. 1. Epidemiology

Authors
Journal
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
0035-9203
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Volume
86
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0035-9203(92)90451-h
Keywords
  • Viral Diseases

Abstract

Abstract An epidemic of type 1 poliomyelitis occurred in Natal/KwaZulu in the eastern part of South Africa between December 1987 and November 1988. 412 poliomyelitis cases were reported, of whom 74% were younger than 5 years. The case-fatality rate was 8%. It is suggested that massive floods, experienced in the area 2 months earlier, triggered the outbreak.

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