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Measles in a west African nomadic community.

Authors
  • Loutan, L
  • Paillard, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Publisher
WHO Press
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1992
Volume
70
Issue
6
Pages
741–744
Identifiers
PMID: 1486670
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

A serological survey was conducted among Tuareg nomads to determine their level of immunity to measles. More than half (57.9%) of the children under 10 years of age did not have detectable antibodies to measles, suggesting that transmission of the disease is low in this mobile population. Mothers' reports of their children's history of measles were accurate (positive predictive value 93.9% for under-5-year-olds). Nomads are a reservoir of susceptible individuals who require immunization strategies adapted to their particular life-styles. These can be implemented at relatively low cost.

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