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dc.contributor.authorVos, Regnerus A
dc.contributor.authorMollema, Liesbeth
dc.contributor.authorKerkhof, Jeroen
dc.contributor.authorvan den Kerkhof, Johannes H C T
dc.contributor.authorGerstenbluth, Izzy
dc.contributor.authorJanga-Jansen, Alcira V A
dc.contributor.authorStienstra, Ymkje
dc.contributor.authorde Melker, Hester E
dc.contributor.authorvan der Klis, Fiona R M
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-29T09:58:20Z
dc.date.available2019-07-29T09:58:20Z
dc.date.issued2019-07-01
dc.identifier.issn1476-1645
dc.identifier.pmid31115308
dc.identifier.doi10.4269/ajtmh.18-0824
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10029/623169
dc.description.abstractEndemic transmission of measles has been reestablished in Venezuela, and outbreaks of diphtheria remain ongoing across Latin America (LA). Hence, a large cross-sectional population-based serosurveillance study was conducted on Bonaire, one of the Dutch Leeward Antilles, to assess specific age and population groups at risk. Participants (aged 0-90 years) donated a blood sample and completed a questionnaire (n = 1,129). Antibodies against measles and diphtheria were tested using bead-based multiplex immunoassays. Our data revealed that immunity against measles is suboptimal, especially for those aged less than 5 years from Suriname, Aruba, and former Dutch Antilles (SADA), and adolescents from LA; and against diphtheria for persons aged more than 30 years, particularly among females and residents from SADA and LA. As refugees arrive persistently, health authorities on the Dutch Leeward Antilles should be on alert to detect early cases and prevent subsequent transmission. Ultimately, there is an urgent need for serosurveillance studies in the Caribbean region.en_US
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dc.titleRisk of Measles and Diphtheria Introduction and Transmission on Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands, 2018.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalAm J Trop Med Hyg 2019; 101(1):237-41en_US
dc.source.journaltitleThe American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene


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