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Evaluation of the Meningitis Epidemics Risk Model in Africa

This study, published in Epidemiology and Infection, evaluated an ecological model based on absolute humidity and land cover type to predict the location of meningitis epidemics in the Sahelian region known as the African Meningitis Belt. The model predicted the location of epidemics from January 2000 to April 2004 with a sensitivity of 88 percent. This model could be used to select priority areas for the introduction of conjugate meningococcal vaccines. ABSTRACT ONLY. (Learn how users in developing countries can gain free access to journal articles.)

Author: Savory EC, Cuevas LE, Yassin MA, et al.

Published: 2006

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Citation: Savory EC, Cuevas LE, Yassin MA, et al. Evaluation of the Meningitis Epidemics Risk Model in Africa. Epidemiology and Infection. 2006;134(5):1047-1051.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Meningococcus

Topics: Disease burden and surveillance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Africa