An epidemic of spastic paraparesis of unknown aetiology in Northern Mozambique

Cátia Luciana Abdulfattáhe Taibo, Julie Cliff, Hans Rosling, Casey Daniel Hall, Meeyoung Mattie Park, Joseph Asamoah Frimpong

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Abstract

This case study is based on a real-life outbreak investigation undertaken in Mozambique in 1981. This case study describes and promotes one particular approach to unknown disease outbreak investigation. Investigational procedures, however, may vary depending on location and outbreak. It is anticipated that the epidemiologist investigating an unknown disease outbreak will work within the framework of a "multidisciplinary investigation team". It is through the collaborative efforts of this team, with each member playing a critical role, that outbreak investigations are successfully completed. Some aspects of the original outbreak and investigation have, however, been altered to assist in meeting the desired teaching objectives and to allow completion of the case study in less than 3 hours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6
Number of pages1
JournalThe Pan African medical journal
Volume27
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Public health
  • epidemic
  • epidemiology
  • outbreak investigation
  • spastic paraparesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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