In the urban centers of Central Africa, measles is a disease of young children with 75% of the cases less than 24 mth of age. An investigation of 87 acute measles cases showed that 38% contracted their disease from neighborhood children, 35% were in contact with an active case at a health center, only 17% contracted their disease from a sibling at home. Secondary household attack rates were significantly higher for household contacts aged 6 to 23 months than for those older. Therefore during the annual epidemic of measles in Yaounde, a high level of transmission of disease occurs among children of the 6 to 23 months age group. To interrupt measles transmission, vaccination programs must be carefully aimed at this age group and achieve coverage levels of 70 to 80% in the cities.
|Translated title of the contribution||Transmission of measles in Yaounde city during 1975|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1976|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases