Reporting of acute flaccid paralysis in children under 15 years of age: improving surveillance, January 2009 – December 2014

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/605743
Title:
Reporting of acute flaccid paralysis in children under 15 years of age: improving surveillance, January 2009 – December 2014
Authors:
Flanagan, P; O’Lorcain, P; Cotter, S; Connell, J; Lynch, B; Cunney, R; O’Flanagan, D
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Feb-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/605743
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance, including case investigation and specimen collection is a gold standard method for poliomyelitis surveillance. The expected annual non-polio AFP rate <15 years of age in Ireland is ≥1/100 000 population. This study reviewed all cases of AFP reported to the Irish Paediatric Surveillance Unit and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre between January 2009 and December 2014 and compared reporting rates with the expected incidence rate annually. We assessed quality of surveillance data in terms of completeness of investigation for each case reported. Forty-three AFP cases in children <15 years were notified; 35 of which were confirmed. Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) accounted for 48.6% (n=17) of AFP notifications. In 2014, the expected annual AFP target rate was reached. This study identified possible under-reporting of AFP paediatric cases in Ireland between 2009-2013. Completeness of investigations has improved over time, but requires further work.
Keywords:
POLIO; PUBLIC HEALTH; HEALTH SURVEILLANCE

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFlanagan, Pen
dc.contributor.authorO’Lorcain, Pen
dc.contributor.authorCotter, Sen
dc.contributor.authorConnell, Jen
dc.contributor.authorLynch, Ben
dc.contributor.authorCunney, Ren
dc.contributor.authorO’Flanagan, Den
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-18T14:10:25Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-18T14:10:25Zen
dc.date.issued2016-02en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/605743en
dc.descriptionAcute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance, including case investigation and specimen collection is a gold standard method for poliomyelitis surveillance. The expected annual non-polio AFP rate <15 years of age in Ireland is ≥1/100 000 population. This study reviewed all cases of AFP reported to the Irish Paediatric Surveillance Unit and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre between January 2009 and December 2014 and compared reporting rates with the expected incidence rate annually. We assessed quality of surveillance data in terms of completeness of investigation for each case reported. Forty-three AFP cases in children <15 years were notified; 35 of which were confirmed. Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) accounted for 48.6% (n=17) of AFP notifications. In 2014, the expected annual AFP target rate was reached. This study identified possible under-reporting of AFP paediatric cases in Ireland between 2009-2013. Completeness of investigations has improved over time, but requires further work.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectPOLIOen
dc.subjectPUBLIC HEALTHen
dc.subjectHEALTH SURVEILLANCEen
dc.titleReporting of acute flaccid paralysis in children under 15 years of age: improving surveillance, January 2009 – December 2014en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
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