Journal Article

Suboptimal Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination Coverage Facilitates an Imported Measles Outbreak in Ireland

Suzie Coughlan, Jeff Connell, Bernard Cohen, Li Jin and William W. Hall

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue 1, pages 84-86
Published in print July 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/340708
Suboptimal Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination Coverage Facilitates an Imported Measles Outbreak in Ireland

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The year 2000 saw a dramatic increase in the incidence of measles infections in Ireland, with µ1500 cases documented. Initial cases were reported from an area of Dublin with low vaccine uptake and a large immigrant population. Molecular epidemiologic findings revealed that the strain of measles virus responsible for this outbreak was the genotype D2 strain, which is closely related to strains initially identified in South Africa. It is suggested that suboptimal vaccine uptake facilitated the spread of imported measles infection.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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