Focolai di morbillo nella popolazione nomade in Italia: Giugno-Settembre 2006

Translated title of the contribution: Cluster of measles cases in the Roma/Sinti population in Italy: June-September 2006

A. Filia, F. Curtale, P. Kreidl, G. Morosetti, L. Nicoletti, F. Perrelli, J. Mantovani, D. Campus, G. Rossi, M. C. Sanna, A. Zanetti, F. Magurano, C. Fortuna, S. Iannazzo, M. G. Pompa, M. Ciofi Degli Atti

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Three clusters of measles cases occurred between June and September 2006, in three different Italian regions: the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-South Tyrol (17 cases); Lazio (161 cases); and the island of Sardinia (9 cases). The clusters affected mainly Roma/Sinti communities with low vaccination coverage, and, in Bolzano and Lazio regions, also spread to the general population. In response to the outbreaks, active tracing and vaccination of susceptible contacts were performed by local health authorities in all three regions and vaccination sessions were conducted directly in campsites affected by the outbreak. A second AAMR vaccine dose was also offered to contacts who had previously received only one dose. The occurrence of these outbreaks underscores the need to achieve and maintain high vaccination coverage with two doses of MMR vaccine, through routine immunisation in the general population, and to ensure that hard to reach populations such as children from Roma/Sinti and immigrant communities also have access to immunisation. Factors that impede these children from being immunised must be adequately addressed and special strategies should be developed to reach these populations on a regular basis. In addition, it is important that all healthcare personnel and people travelling abroad are also fully immunised.

Translated title of the contributionCluster of measles cases in the Roma/Sinti population in Italy: June-September 2006
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)257-258
Number of pages2
JournalMedico e Bambino
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 30 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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