Infectious disease epidemiology

Section edited by Giovanni Rezza

This section aims to publish studies on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the use of public health interventions for their control.

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  1. Research article

    Impact of the Ebola outbreak on routine immunization in western area, Sierra Leone - a field survey from an Ebola epidemic area

    Since March 2014, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa disrupted health care systems - especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – with a consequential stress on the area’s routine immuni...

    Xiaojin Sun, T. T. Samba, Jianyi Yao, Wenwu Yin, Lin Xiao, Fuqiang Liu, Xiaoqiang Liu, Jikun Zhou, Zengqiang Kou, Hongwei Fan, Hao Zhang, Aqnes Williams, Paul M. Lansana and Zundong Yin

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:363

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Prevalence of helicobacter pylori infection among children living in a rural setting in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Helicobacter pylori infection affects more than half of the world’s population. It is generally acquired during childhood with no symptoms but has long- term clinical sequelae. This study estimated the prevale...

    Yaw Asante Awuku, David Larbi Simpong, Ishmael Kunateh Alhassan, Derek Anamaale Tuoyire, Taiba Afaa and Patrick Adu

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:360

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  3. Research article

    Early outbreak detection by linking health advice line calls to water distribution areas retrospectively demonstrated in a large waterborne outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in Sweden

    In the winter and spring of 2011 a large outbreak of cryptosporidiosis occurred in Skellefteå municipality, Sweden. This study summarizes the outbreak investigation in terms of outbreak size, duration, clinica...

    Pär Bjelkmar, Anette Hansen, Caroline Schönning, Jakob Bergström, Margareta Löfdahl, Marianne Lebbad, Anders Wallensten, Görel Allestam, Stephan Stenmark and Johan Lindh

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:328

    Published on: 18 April 2017

  4. Research article

    Progress in vaccination towards hepatitis B control and elimination in the Region of the Americas

    Over recent decades, the Region of the Americas has made significant progress towards hepatitis B elimination. We summarize the countries/territories’ efforts in introducing and implementing hepatitis B (HB) v...

    Alba Maria Ropero Álvarez, Silvia Pérez-Vilar, Carmelita Pacis-Tirso, Marcela Contreras, Nathalie El Omeiri, Cuauhtémoc Ruiz-Matus and Martha Velandia-González

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:325

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  5. Research article

    Systematic review of cost-effectiveness analyses for combinations of prevention strategies against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection: a general trend

    Due to the arrival of multi-valent HPV vaccines, it is more and more important to have a better understanding of the relationship between vaccination and screening programmes. This review aimed to: (1) collect...

    Frédéric Gervais, Kyle Dunton, Yiling Jiang and Nathalie Largeron

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:283

    Published on: 28 March 2017

  6. Research article

    The singular epidemiology of HPV infection among French Guianese women with normal cytology

    In French Guiana, cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer in females. The objective of the present study was to describe the prevalence of HPV infections in women with normal cervical cytology livin...

    Antoine Adenis, Valentin Dufit, Maylis Douine, Fatiha Najioullah, Vincent Molinie, Dominique Catherine, Odile Kilié, Nadia Thomas, Jean Luc Deshayes, Paul Brousse, Hatem Ben Amor, Remy Pignoux, Gabriel Carles, Claire Grenier, Vincent Lacoste, Raymond Cesaire…

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:279

    Published on: 24 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Temporal distribution of gastroenteritis viruses in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: seasonality of rotavirus

    Acute gastroenteritis is one of the most common diseases among children and adults, and continues to cause a major problem of public health in Burkina Faso. The temporal pattern of rotavirus, norovirus, sapovi...

    Nafissatou Ouedraogo, Stephanie Moustapha Tomba Ngangas, Isidore Juste Ouindguèta Bonkoungou, Aissatou Bénéwendé Tiendrebeogo, Kuan Abdoulaye Traore, Idrissa Sanou, Alfred Sababénédjo Traore and Nicolas Barro

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:274

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  8. Research article

    Estimates of hospitalization attributable to influenza and RSV in the US during 1997–2009, by age and risk status

    Estimates of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) burden must be periodically updated to inform public health strategies. We estimated seasonal influenza- and RSV-attributable hospitalizations in th...

    Gonçalo Matias, Robert Taylor, François Haguinet, Cynthia Schuck-Paim, Roger Lustig and Vivek Shinde

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:271

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  9. Research article

    The prevalence and factors associated for anti-tuberculosis treatment non-adherence among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in public health care facilities in South Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

    Evidence exists pointing out how non-adherence to treatment remains a major hurdle to efficient tuberculosis control in developing countries. Many tuberculosis (Tb) patients do not complete their six-month cou...

    Tadele Teshome Woimo, Wondwossen Kassahun Yimer, Temesgen Bati and Hailay Abrha Gesesew

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:269

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  10. Research article

    Determination of the predictive factors of long-lasting insecticide-treated net ownership and utilisation in the Bamenda Health District of Cameroon

    Malaria is a serious health concern in Africa. In Cameroon, an endemic country where malaria remains a major public health problem, several control measures have been put in place among which the use of insect...

    Eric B. Fokam, Germaine F. Kindzeka, Leonard Ngimuh, Kevin T. J. Dzi and Samuel Wanji

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:263

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  11. Research article

    HIV prevalence and uptake of HIV/AIDS services among youths (15–24 Years) in fishing and neighboring communities of Kasensero, Rakai District, South Western Uganda

    Although fishing communities have a significantly higher HIV prevalence than the general population, there is paucity of data on the burden of HIV and service utilization, particularly among the youth. We asse...

    Richardson Mafigiri, Joseph K. B. Matovu, Fredrick Edward Makumbi, Anthony Ndyanabo, Doreen Nabukalu, Moses Sakor, Godfrey Kigozi, Fred Nalugoda and Rhoda K. Wanyenze

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:251

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  12. Research article

    Association between body mass index and diabetes mellitus in tuberculosis patients in China: a community based cross-sectional study

    We planned to determine the association of body mass index (BMI) with diabetes mellitus (DM) and impaired fasting glucose (IFG) in Chinese pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) patients.

    Jing Cai, Aiguo Ma, Qiuzhen Wang, Xiuxia Han, Shanliang Zhao, Yu Wang, Evert G. Schouten and Frans J. Kok

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:228

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  13. Research article

    Descriptive study of enteric zoonoses in Ontario, Canada, from 2010 – 2012

    Contact with animals and their environment has long been recognized as an important source of enteric zoonoses. However, there are limited data available on the burden of illness associated with specific types...

    Yvonne Whitfield, Karen Johnson, Leigh Hobbs, Dean Middleton, Badal Dhar and Linda Vrbova

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:217

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  14. Research article

    Prevalence of syphilis among female sex workers and their clients in Togo in 2011

    During the last ten years, a resurgence of syphilis has occurred in many countries worldwide, including Togo. Previous studies have shown a wide range of syphilis infection among the female sex workers (FSWs),...

    Wemboo Afiwa Halatoko, Dadja Essoya Landoh, Bayaki Saka, Koffi Akolly, Yao Layibo, Issifou Yaya, Dodji Gbetoglo, Abiba Kere Banla and Palokinam Pitché

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:219

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  15. Research article

    Perceived quality of life among Visceral Leishmaniasis and HIV coinfected migrant male-workers in Northwest Ethiopia: a qualitative study

    There is paucity of data on quality of life as a dimension of treatment outcome among Visceral Leishmaniasis and HIV coinfected patients. This study sought to explore perceived quality of life among Visceral L...

    Mekuriaw Alemayehu, Mamo Wubshet, Nebiyu Mesfin and Abebaw Gebayehu

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:204

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  16. Research article

    Evaluation of the ability of standardized supports to improve public health response to syndromic surveillance for respiratory diseases in Canada

    Despite widespread implementation of syndromic surveillance systems within public health agencies, previous studies of the implementation and use of these systems have indicated that the functions and response...

    Laura A. Rivera, Ye Li, Rachel D. Savage, Natasha S. Crowcroft, Shelly Bolotin, Laura C. Rosella, Wendy Lou, Jessica Hopkins, Ian Gemmill and Ian Johnson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:199

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  17. Research article

    Mortality from tetanus between 1990 and 2015: findings from the global burden of disease study 2015

    Although preventable, tetanus still claims tens of thousands of deaths each year. The patterns and distribution of mortality from tetanus have not been well characterized. We identified the global, regional, a...

    Hmwe H. Kyu, John Everett Mumford, Jeffrey D. Stanaway, Ryan M. Barber, Jamie R. Hancock, Theo Vos, Christopher J. L. Murray and Mohsen Naghavi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:179

    Published on: 8 February 2017

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