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Article Number - 0DD54874660


Vol.5(2), pp. 18-23 , February 2013
DOI: 10.5897/CRO12.008
ISSN: 2141-2553



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Measles complications in a Nigerian hospital setting



Onoja, A. B.
  • Onoja, A. B.
  • Department of Virology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
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Adeniji, A. J.
  • Adeniji, A. J.
  • Department of Virology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
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Faneye, A.
  • Faneye, A.
  • Department of Virology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
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 Accepted: 14 February 2013  Published: 28 February 2013

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In spite of active measles vaccination efforts in 2005 in southern Nigeria, re-emergence continues to occur. This study was carried out to ascertain the incidence of measles, severity, mortality and its complications, in order to enhance treatment and reduce under-five child mortality. Secondary data from the records in the measles ward of Oni Memorial Children’s Hospital, Ibadan was used. The period under investigation was 2005 to 2008, following the catch-up and follow-up measles vaccination exercise. Four hundred children between the ages of 5 months and 14 years were clinically diagnosed with measles from 2005 to 2008, of which 124 (31%) had complications. Among those with complications, 70 (56.5%) mortalities were observed, and as the children approached 14 years of age, incidence of measles reduced to 0%. Measles is still a major childhood problem in the southern part of Nigeria, even as the burden is more in northern Nigeria. This will invariably hamper global measles mortality reduction initiatives and the attainment of the fourth millennium development goal of reduction of under-five child mortality by 2015, hence the need for a coordinated and strategic mass vaccination effort to target unimmunized children.

 

Key words: Measles in children, complications, clinical diagnosis, mortality, mass vaccination.


APA (2013). Measles complications in a Nigerian hospital setting. Clinical Reviews and Opinions, 5(2), 18-23.
Chicago Onoja, A. B., Adeniji, A. J. and Faneye, A.. "Measles complications in a Nigerian hospital setting." Clinical Reviews and Opinions 5, no. 2 (2013): 18-23.
MLA Onoja, et al. "Measles complications in a Nigerian hospital setting." Clinical Reviews and Opinions 5.2 (2013): 18-23.
   
DOI 10.5897/CRO12.008
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/CRO/article-abstract/0DD54874660

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