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Corresponding author: Ernest Konadu Asiedu, Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, National Catholic Health Service, Accra, Ghana (ernestkasiedu@yahoo.com)

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

We wish to thank African Field Epidemiology Network and Emory University for organizing a case study development workshop through which this output was achieved.

We acknowledge Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme faculty, alumni, secretariat and residents for their support in the outbreak investigation.

We also wish to acknowledge the management and staff of the National Catholic Health Service and St. Theresa Hospital, Nkoranza for allowing us to get the data for the report and case study.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the Ghana Health Service, Disease Surveillance Department, for the support during the outbreak and giving us permission to go and investigate the meningitis outbreak in Brong Ahafo Region.

The authors declare no competing interest.

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Keywords:

  • Ghana
  • Meningitis
  • data analysis
  • epidemiology
  • outbreak investigation
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Epidemiology
  • Ghana
  • Humans
  • Meningitis
  • Public Health

Meningitis outbreak investigation in Nkoranza South Municipality in Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana, February, 2016

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Journal Title:

The Pan African Medical Journal

Volume:

Volume 30, Number Suppl 1

Publisher:

, Pages 4-4

Type of Work:

Article | Final Publisher PDF

Abstract:

The occurrence of communicable diseases highlights the need to have well-trained field epidemiologists at the forefront in the fight against these diseases, especially during an outbreak. Training for outbreak investigation is most effective when participants can develop their competencies in a practical exercise. This is a simulation of the steps in meningitis outbreak investigation conducted in Ghana in February 2016 by Ghana Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FELTP) residents and the public health technical team of the Nkoranza South Municipality as a field epidemiologist. This case study is suited to reinforce principles and skills already covered in a lecture or in background reading by providing a practical training beyond the scope of theoretical learning. It is primarily intended for training novice public health practitioners who should be able to complete the exercises in 3 hours.

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© Ernest Konadu Asiedu et al.

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