Ongoing measles outbreak in Wallonia Belgium December 2016 to March 2017: characteristics and challenges.

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Euro Surveill. 2017 Apr 27;22(17). pii: 30524. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2017.22.17.30524.

Ongoing measles outbreak in Wallonia Belgium December 2016 to March 2017: characteristics and challenges.

Grammens T1 Schirvel C2 Leenen S2 Shodu N2 Hutse V3 Mendes da Costa E1 Sabbe M1.

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Abstract

We describe characteristics of an ongoing measles outbreak in Wallonia Belgium and difficulties in control measures implementation. As at 12 March 2017 177 measles cases were notified of which 50% were 15 years and older 49% female. Atypical clinical presentation and severe complications mainly among adults in combination with late notification low or unknown vaccination coverage of contacts infected healthcare workers and increased workload due to contact tracing are the main concerns for outbreak management.

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