Report of the 7th African Rotavirus Symposium, Cape Town, South Africa, 8th November 2012

L. M. Seheri, J. M. Mwenda, N. Page*

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Abstract

The 7th African Rotavirus Symposium was held in Cape Town, South Africa, on the 8th November 2012 as a Satellite Symposium at the First International African Vaccinology Conference. Over 150 delegates participated in this symposium including scientists, clinicians, health officials, policymakers and vaccine manufacturers from across Africa. Key topics discussed included rotavirus surveillance, rotavirus vaccine introduction, post rotavirus vaccine impact analysis and intussusception data and surveillance in Africa. The symposium provided early rotavirus vaccine adopter countries in Africa (South Africa, Ghana and Botswana) an opportunity to share up-to-date information on vaccine introduction, and allowed colleagues to share experiences in establishing routine rotavirus surveillance (Tanzania, Niger and Rwanda). Overall, the symposium highlighted the high burden of rotavirus in Africa, and the need to continue to strengthen efforts in preventing rotavirus diarrhoea in Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6336-6341
Number of pages6
JournalVaccine
Volume32
Issue number48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Clinical trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Intussusception
  • Post marketing
  • Rotavirus in Africa
  • Vaccine

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