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Corresponding author: Florence Nzilanye Iddrisah, Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, Accra, Ghana, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, USA (nzilanyef@yahoo.com)

Guest editors: Scott JN McNabb, Ghada N Farhat, Casey Daniel Hall, Joseph Asamoah Frimpong, Richard Dicker

We wish to acknowledge the support and contributions Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training programme (GFELTP) of the Faculty of the Department of Epidemiology and Disease Control, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, for their assistance.

The team is thankful to the Deputy Director, Public Health Brong Ahafo, Dr. O.K. Afreh and his team, the staff of the Municipal Health Directorate, especially the surveillance team, Dormaa, the paediatrician Dr. Adomah Fokuo and her able medical team, and Presbyterian Hospital Dormaa for their cooperation, support and active participation during the investigation.

The authors declare no competing interest.



  • Ghana
  • Outbreak investigation
  • pertussis
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Epidemiology
  • Ghana
  • Humans
  • Pertussis Vaccine
  • Professional Competence
  • Public Health
  • Whooping Cough

Outbreak of pertussis at community A in Dormaa Municipality, Ghana, August 2016


Journal Title:

The Pan African Medical Journal


Volume 30, Number Suppl 1


, Pages 15-15

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Pertussis is a vaccine preventable disease (VPD) monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO). Despite a long-established Pertussis immunization system, the re-emergence of the disease in some countries stressed the need to have well-trained field epidemiologists at the forefront in the fight against these VPDs, especially during an outbreak. Practical, hands-on training is useful for clearer understanding of the principles and development of competencies relevant to outbreak investigation, which will enhance field practice; case method training using realistic public health scenarios helps trainees put into practice learned theory. As such, this case study was adopted from a real Pertussis outbreak investigation that was conducted by Ghana's Field Epidemiology Training Program residents, together with the rapid response team members of Dormaa Municipal health directorate in August 2016. It was primarily designed for training novice public health practitioners in a facilitated classroom setting. Participants should be able to complete the exercises in approximately 3 hours.

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