Seasonal variation in respiratory syncytial virus epidemics in the Gambia, West Africa

Marianne A B van der Sande, Tessa Goetghebuer, Mariama Sanneh, Hilton C Whittle, Martin W Weber

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Abstract

Respiratory syncytial virus outbreaks tend to occur seasonally and are a major cause of childhood morbidity. In The Gambia a regular pattern of outbreaks during six consecutive annual seasons was disrupted by 2 years of irregular outbreaks, followed by another 2 years of regular seasonal outbreaks. Improved understanding of the transmission dynamics of respiratory syncytial virus is essential to design and test effective interventions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPediatric Infectious Diseases Journal
Volume23
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)73-4
Number of pages2
ISSN0891-3668
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2004

Keywords

  • Developing Countries
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Female
  • Gambia/epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Nasopharynx/virology
  • Population Surveillance
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections/diagnosis
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Human/isolation & purification
  • Respiratory Tract Infections/epidemiology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Seasons

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