Legionnaires' disease in France: sensitivity of the mandatory notification has improved over the last decade.

Abstract:

:The notification rate of Legionnaires' disease (LD) in France was 2.4/100 000 population in 2010, varying across regions with an increasing rate from west to east. Two sources [mandatory notifications (MN) and a survey of hospital laboratories] were used in a capture-recapture study to estimate the number of LD cases and the sensitivity of the MN system at national and regional levels in 2010. The number of missed cases was estimated using Chapman's method. The estimated sensitivity of MN was 88.5% (95% CI 88.0-89.0) and ranged from 70% to 100% by region. The estimated incidence was 2.7/100 000 population. Sensitivity of the MN system improved since the previous capture-recapture estimates (10% in 1995, 33% in 1998). This study confirmed that the observed west-east gradient is not related to regional notification disparities. Ecological studies should be conducted to better understand the observed spatial variations in LD incidence.

journal_name

Epidemiol Infect

authors

Campese C,Jarraud S,Sommen C,Maine C,Che D

doi

10.1017/S0950268813000502

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2013-12-01 00:00:00

pages

2644-9

issue

12

eissn

0950-2688

issn

1469-4409

pii

S0950268813000502

journal_volume

141

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