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Outbreak of meningococcal disease in Rotherham illustrates the value of coordination, communication, and collaboration in management.
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PMID:  11014027     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
On New Year's Eve 1998, two teenagers from the same school in Rotherham died of serogroup C meningococcal septicaemia. A third linked case occurred three days later. Over eight days starting on New Year's Eve, a further five cases of meningococcal disease arose across Rotherham district, four of whom were severely ill with serogroup C meningococcal septicaemia. Intense media interest, high levels of public concern, and anxieties caused by several 'false alarm' cases added to the challenge faced by a small health district. This article describes the epidemiology of the incident and policy decisions made, but focuses on the operational aspects of outbreak management (coordination, communication, and collaboration), an area often neglected in outbreak reports.
K Perrett; W al-Wali; C Read; P Redgrave; U Trend
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Communicable disease and public health / PHLS     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1462-1843     ISO Abbreviation:  Commun Dis Public Health     Publication Date:  2000 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-10-06     Completed Date:  2000-10-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808711     Medline TA:  Commun Dis Public Health     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  168-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health, Rotherham Health Authority, South Yorkshire.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Communicable Disease Control / organization & administration*
Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
England / epidemiology
Interprofessional Relations
Mass Media
Meningococcal Infections / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Sepsis / epidemiology,  microbiology*,  prevention & control

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