Katelijn A. H. Vandemaele

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†Maria D Van Kerkhove1,2 Katelijn AH Vandemaele1, Vivek Shinde1, Giovanna Jaramillo-Gutierrez,1 Artemis Koukounari,2 Christl Donnelly,2 Luis O. Carlino,3 Rhonda Owen,4 Beverly Paterson,4 Louise Pelletier,5 Julie Vachon,5 Claudia Gonzalez,6 Yu Hongjie,7 Feng Zijian,7 Shuk Kwan Chuang,8 Albert Au,8 Silke Buda,9 Gerard Krause,9 Walter Haas,9 Isabelle(More)
BACKGROUND Nodding syndrome (repetitive nodding and progressive generalized seizures) is assuming epidemic proportions in South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. OBJECTIVE To describe clinical and epidemiological features of nodding syndrome in southern Sudan based on preliminary investigations conducted in 2001 and 2002. METHOD Household surveys, clinical,(More)
UNLABELLED INTRODUCTION AND SETTING: Our analysis compares the most comprehensive epidemiologic and virologic surveillance data compiled to date for laboratory-confirmed H1N1pdm patients between 1 April 2009 - 31 January 2010 from five temperate countries in the Southern Hemisphere-Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa. OBJECTIVE We(More)
BACKGROUND Acute respiratory infections remain a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Sierra Leone; however, similar to other African countries, little is known regarding the contribution of influenza. Routine influenza surveillance is thus a key element to improve understanding of the burden of acute respiratory infections in Africa. In 2011, the(More)
WPSAR Vol 4, No 2, 2013 | doi: 10.5365/wpsar.2013.4.2.008 www.wpro.who.int/wpsar 1 a Division of Health Securities and Emergencies, World Health Organization Regional Offi ce for Western Pacifi c, Manila, Philippines. b World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. c Emerging Diseases Surveillance and Response, World Health Organization, China Offi ce,(More)
BACKGROUND Nodding Syndrome is a seizure disorder of children in Mundri County, Western Equatoria, South Sudan. The disorder is reported to be spreading in South Sudan and northern Uganda. OBJECTIVE To describe environmental, nutritional, infectious, and other factors that existed before and during the de novo 1991 appearance and subsequent increase in(More)
BACKGROUND The timing of the biannual WHO influenza vaccine composition selection and production cycle has been historically directed to the influenza seasonality patterns in the temperate regions of the northern and southern hemispheres. Influenza activity, however, is poorly understood in the tropics with multiple peaks and identifiable year-round(More)
AIM The evidence needed for tropical countries to take informed decisions on influenza vaccination is scarce. This article reviews policy, availability, use and effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccine in tropical and subtropical countries. METHOD Global health databases were searched in three thematic areas - policy, availability and protective(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish seasonal and alert thresholds and transmission intensity categories for influenza to provide timely triggers for preventive measures or upscaling control measures in Cambodia. METHODS Using Cambodia's influenza-like illness (ILI) and laboratory-confirmed influenza surveillance data from 2009 to 2015, three parameters were assessed(More)
BACKGROUND Since the start of the 2009 influenza A pandemic (H1N1pdm), the World Health Organization and its member states have gathered information to characterize the clinical severity of H1N1pdm infection and to assist policy makers to determine risk groups for targeted control measures. METHODS AND FINDINGS Data were collected on approximately 70,000(More)
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