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MEASLES CASE-BASED SURVEILLANCE AND OUTBREAK RESPONSE IN

NIGERIA; AN UPDATE FOR CLINICIANS AND PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS


 E.E Isere and A.A Fatiregun

Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine,

University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.


SUMMARY

The Federal Ministry of Health recommendations for response during measles epidemics in Nigeria previously focused on case management using antibiotics and Vitamin. A supplements and did not include outbreak response immunization (ORI) campaigns. However, with the revision of the existing national technical guideline on measles case-based surveillance and outbreak response in Nigeria in 2012 in line with the World Health Organization recommendation on response to measles outbreak in measles mortality reduction settings, there is a need to update members of the Nigerian public health community on these revisions to ensure appropriate implementation and compliance. This article therefore seeks to provide clinicians and other public health professionals in Nigeria with updates on recent developments in measles case-based surveillance and outbreak response in Nigeria  

Keywords: Measles surveillance, Outbreak response, Clinicians, Nigeria.

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Correspondence:

Dr. Elvis E. Isere

Dept of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, 

Faculty of Public Health,

College of Medicine,

University of Ibadan,

Ibadan, Nigeria.

Email: iserielvisevdestiny@yahoo.co.uk,

elvisisere@gmail.com

Telephone: +2348030480305