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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011 Aug;30(8):1023-6. doi: 10.1007/s10096-011-1189-y. Epub 2011 Feb 12.

Resurgence of measles in the French military forces in 2010.

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Département d'Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique Nord, École du Val-de-Grâce, Ilot Bégin, 69 avenue de Paris, Saint Mandé, 94160, France.


Since the start of 2010 there has been a flare-up of measles in France, following on the resurgence observed in 2008. The aim of this study was to present results of the epidemiological surveillance of measles in the French armed forces and to describe the increase in incidence. Measles was surveyed from 1992 to 2010. Criteria for report were those used for French national compulsory notification. The data, concerning active military personnel, were provided by the physicians in the armed forces using anonymous data collection forms. Between 1992 and July 2010, 689 cases of measles were notified. Since 2002, the mean incidence rate was 1 case per 100,000. A significant increase has been observed for 2010 (13.9 cases per 100,000 in 2010 versus 1.8 in 2009). The 28 cases reported in 2010 involved five clusters and three isolated cases. The mean age of affected subjects was 27 years. Only 30% of cases had been vaccinated. The epidemic resurgence of measles observed in 2010 in the French armed forces follows the same pattern as that observed nationally and at European level, and can be seen as the likely consequence of inadequate vaccination cover.

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