Epidemiologic survey of documented measles outbreak in Tehran

authors:

avatar 1 Mokhtari 1 , * , avatar M Alavi Moghaddam 2 , avatar D Yadegari 3 , avatar Masoud Salehi 4 , avatar F Shahim 5 , avatar Iraj Zareban 6

Virology dept, Faculty of medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences and health services, Tehran, Iran.
Emergency medicine dept, Faculty of medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and health services, Tehran, Iran.
Tropical and infectious disease dept, Faculty of medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and health services, Tehran, Iran.
Tropical and infectious disease dept, Faculty of medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and health services, Zahedan, Iran.
General physician.
Public health dept, Zabol faculty of medical sciences, Zabol, Iran.

how to cite: Mokhtari 1, Alavi Moghaddam M, Yadegari D, Salehi M, Shahim F, et al. Epidemiologic survey of documented measles outbreak in Tehran. Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2004;6(2):e95020.

Abstract

Background: In spite of extended vaccination programs against measles, it is the most
preventive contagious disease that leads to death. For adaptation of WHO policy for measles
in Iran; we should determine susceptible age population whom at present lay out of current
vaccination program .
Methods and Materials: In this descriptive study which was performed in the public health
School of the Tehran medical university ; we obtained 131 documented measles cases among
650 suspected case of measles ( as WHO discrimination ) According to serum samples
analysis ( capture IgM EIA 71% and 29 % HI ).
Results: In this study 63. 4 % of cases were male and 39.6 % were females. Between patients,
the most prevalent age group was between 15 - 19 years old. Two peaks of the time of the disease
were March and June. History of past vaccination against measles showed that 43 % had
unknown history; 24. 4 % had two vaccination; 39. 3 % had one vaccination and 3.1 % had no
vaccination history.
Conclusions: It is suggested (by further investigations in future) the need for revaccination of
measles for age group of 15-19 in Iran will be determined

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