Trends in viral meningitis hospitalisations and notifications in the North Eastern Health Board (1997 - 2001): a cause for concern?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/122150
Title:
Trends in viral meningitis hospitalisations and notifications in the North Eastern Health Board (1997 - 2001): a cause for concern?
Authors:
Brabazon, E D; O'Farrell, A; Murray, C A; Finnegan, P
Affiliation:
Dept. of Public Health, HSE North East, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland. Elaine.Brabazon@hse.ie
Citation:
Trends in viral meningitis hospitalisations and notifications in the North Eastern Health Board (1997 - 2001): a cause for concern?, 97 (10):306-8 Ir Med J
Journal:
Irish Medical journal
Issue Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/122150
PubMed ID:
15696877
Abstract:
This study aimed to compare trends in both hospital admissions and notifications of viral meningitis in the North Eastern Health Board (NEHB). Hospital admissions from 1997 to 2001, involving NEHB residents with an infectious disease diagnosis, were examined and viral meningitis cases were analyzed. During this period 265 NEHB residents were admitted to hospital with viral meningitis--an increase of 429% between 1997 and 2001 with the bulk of this increase during 2000 and 2001. A total of 1,234 bed days were taken up by this cohort and the mean length of stay was 4.5 days (95% CI 4.2 - 4.9). The number of viral meningitis notifications in the NEHB was 38 (ranging from 4 in 1997 to 11 in 2001). This number is much lower than expected given the corresponding number of hospital admissions for the same period. Thus, most cases were not notified which means that current surveillance systems under-estimate the disease burden of viral meningitis. Such under-reporting has implications for infectious disease policy in Ireland.
Language:
en
Description:
This study aimed to compare trends in both hospital admissions and notifications of viral meningitis in the North Eastern Health Board (NEHB). Hospital admissions from 1997 to 2001, involving NEHB residents with an infectious disease diagnosis, were examined and viral meningitis cases were analyzed. During this period 265 NEHB residents were admitted to hospital with viral meningitis--an increase of 429% between 1997 and 2001 with the bulk of this increase during 2000 and 2001. A total of 1,234 bed days were taken up by this cohort and the mean length of stay was 4.5 days (95% CI 4.2 - 4.9). The number of viral meningitis notifications in the NEHB was 38 (ranging from 4 in 1997 to 11 in 2001). This number is much lower than expected given the corresponding number of hospital admissions for the same period. Thus, most cases were not notified which means that current surveillance systems under-estimate the disease burden of viral meningitis. Such under-reporting has implications for infectious disease policy in Ireland.
MeSH:
Adolescent; Adult; Age Factors; Aged; Child; Child, Preschool; Disease Notification; Hospitalization; Humans; Infant; Ireland; Meningitis, Viral; Middle Aged; Patient Admission; Seasons; Time Factors
ISSN:
0332-3102

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBrabazon, E Den
dc.contributor.authorO'Farrell, Aen
dc.contributor.authorMurray, C Aen
dc.contributor.authorFinnegan, Pen
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-17T12:48:05Z-
dc.date.available2011-02-17T12:48:05Z-
dc.date.issued2004-
dc.identifier.citationTrends in viral meningitis hospitalisations and notifications in the North Eastern Health Board (1997 - 2001): a cause for concern?, 97 (10):306-8 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102-
dc.identifier.pmid15696877-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/122150-
dc.descriptionThis study aimed to compare trends in both hospital admissions and notifications of viral meningitis in the North Eastern Health Board (NEHB). Hospital admissions from 1997 to 2001, involving NEHB residents with an infectious disease diagnosis, were examined and viral meningitis cases were analyzed. During this period 265 NEHB residents were admitted to hospital with viral meningitis--an increase of 429% between 1997 and 2001 with the bulk of this increase during 2000 and 2001. A total of 1,234 bed days were taken up by this cohort and the mean length of stay was 4.5 days (95% CI 4.2 - 4.9). The number of viral meningitis notifications in the NEHB was 38 (ranging from 4 in 1997 to 11 in 2001). This number is much lower than expected given the corresponding number of hospital admissions for the same period. Thus, most cases were not notified which means that current surveillance systems under-estimate the disease burden of viral meningitis. Such under-reporting has implications for infectious disease policy in Ireland.en
dc.description.abstractThis study aimed to compare trends in both hospital admissions and notifications of viral meningitis in the North Eastern Health Board (NEHB). Hospital admissions from 1997 to 2001, involving NEHB residents with an infectious disease diagnosis, were examined and viral meningitis cases were analyzed. During this period 265 NEHB residents were admitted to hospital with viral meningitis--an increase of 429% between 1997 and 2001 with the bulk of this increase during 2000 and 2001. A total of 1,234 bed days were taken up by this cohort and the mean length of stay was 4.5 days (95% CI 4.2 - 4.9). The number of viral meningitis notifications in the NEHB was 38 (ranging from 4 in 1997 to 11 in 2001). This number is much lower than expected given the corresponding number of hospital admissions for the same period. Thus, most cases were not notified which means that current surveillance systems under-estimate the disease burden of viral meningitis. Such under-reporting has implications for infectious disease policy in Ireland.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAdolescent-
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAge Factors-
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshChild-
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschool-
dc.subject.meshDisease Notification-
dc.subject.meshHospitalization-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshInfant-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMeningitis, Viral-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshPatient Admission-
dc.subject.meshSeasons-
dc.subject.meshTime Factors-
dc.titleTrends in viral meningitis hospitalisations and notifications in the North Eastern Health Board (1997 - 2001): a cause for concern?en
dc.contributor.departmentDept. of Public Health, HSE North East, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland. Elaine.Brabazon@hse.ieen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical journalen

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