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Zdravstvena zaštita
2016, vol. 45, iss. 2, pp. 19-27
article language: Serbian
document type: Scientific Paper
published on: 25/07/2018
doi: 10.5937/ZZ1602019B
Measles outbreak in area of Belgrade 2014/2015
Gradski zavod za javno zdravlje, Beograd



The paper presents the characteristics of the measles outbreak which took place in the area of Belgrade in the period 28.10.2014. - 24.04.2015. Descriptive epidemiological study was applied. For the outbreak analysis, data were collected from the targeted epidemiological questionnaire, from the case history of measles cases, and using the results of the virological and serological analyses, that had been done in the Reference laboratory of the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera 'Torlak'. In this outbreak 92 cases were registered. The most of the cases got ill during the 4th (12 cases) and the 5th week of the January 2015. (14 cases). In this outbreak, cases were registered among all age groups, most (61.9%) were older than 30 years (57 cases). The maljority of people who got measles (56.5%) were unknown immunization status, almost third of all (30.4%) were unvaccinated. Three cases were completely vaccinated for their age). One of twelve cases with measels complications got encephalitis. MMR vaccine coverage has been declining for last few years in Belgrade and large measels outbreak happend in Republika Srpska. Under these conditions, importation of the measels virus into the susceptible population was enabled and contributed to occurrence of the measles outbreak in Belgrade area.


outbreak; measles; MMR vaccine; immunization status


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