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Historical data and modern methods reveal insights in measles epidemiology: a retrospective closed cohort study

Paterson, Beverley J; Kirk, Martyn D; Cameron, A Scott; D'Este, Catherine; Durrheim, David N


OBJECTIVES Measles was endemic in England during the early 1800s; however, it did not arrive in Australia until 1850 whereas other infectious diseases were known to have arrived much earlier-many with the First Fleet in 1788-leading to the question of why there was a difference. DESIGN Ships surgeons' logbooks from historical archives, 1829-1882, were retrospectively reviewed for measles outbreak data. Infectious disease modelling techniques were applied to determine whether ships would reach...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: BMJ Open
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002033
Access Rights: Open Access


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