Translated title of the contribution: Transmission of measles in Yaounde city during 1975

B. Guyer

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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 contributionTransmission of measles in Yaounde city during 1975
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)451-454
Number of pages4
JournalMedecine Tropicale
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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