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India has made appreciable progress and continues to demonstrate a strong commitment for establishing and operating a disease surveillance programme responsive to the requirements of the International Health Regulations (IHR[2005]). Within five years of its launch, India has effectively used modern information and communication technology for collection,(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES Severe clinical pneumonia and meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b in children less than 5 yr old is preventable by use of Hib vaccine. However, data on Hib burden in India are limited. To support an evidence-based decision for Hib vaccine introduction in India, a vaccine probe study was planned. This paper presents the(More)
BACKGROUND Influenza surveillance is important to identify circulating, emerging/reemerging strains and unusual epidemiological trends. With these objectives, a multisite human influenza surveillance network was initiated in India in 2004. METHODS Epidemiologic data and throat swabs for laboratory testing were collected from patients with influenza-like(More)
It has been estimated that presently hepatitis B kills more people every day than AIDS kills in a year world-wide. Infection with hepatitis B produces a wide range of manifestations ranging from asymptomatic carriers to persistent infections leading to chronic liver diseases and hepatocellular carcinoma. Availability of effective and safe vaccine has made(More)
A relationship between the season of birth and the occurrence of neurological disorders has already been reported. An attempt has been made to see if a similar relationship exists in the case of cerebral palsy also. The month of birth of all the 212 children with cerebral palsy attending specialised centres in New Delhi was ascertained. The month of birth(More)