Control measures used during lymphogranuloma venereum outbreak, Europe.
SourceEmerging Infectious Diseases, 14, 4, (2008), pp. 573-578
Article / Letter to editor
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Centre for Quality of Care Research
Emerging Infectious Diseases
SubjectEBP 4: Quality of Care; N4i 1: Pathogenesis and modulation of inflammation; N4i 2: Invasive mycoses and compromised host; N4i 3: Poverty-related infectious diseases; NCEBP 3: Implementation Science; NCEBP 4: Quality of hospital and integrated care; NCMLS 1: Infection and autoimmunity; UMCN 4.1: Microbial pathogenesis and host defense
To assess the response to the reemergence of lymphogranuloma venereum, we conducted a cross-sectional survey by administering a structured questionnaire to representatives from 26 European countries. Responses were received from 18 countries. The ability to respond quickly and the measures used for outbreak detection and control varied. Evidence-based criteria were not consistently used to develop recommendations. We did not develop criteria to determine the effectiveness of the recommendations. The degree of preparedness for an unexpected outbreak, as well as the ability of countries to respond quickly to alerts, varied, which indicates weaknesses in the ability to control an outbreak. More guidance is needed to implement and evaluate control measures used during international outbreaks.
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