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Protective efficacy of BCG against leprosy in Northern Malawi.

Abstract

The effectiveness of a BCG vaccination programme in protecting against leprosy was assessed by case-control and cohort analyses of data from the Lepra Evaluation Project in Karonga District, Northern Malawi. Results indicate that BCG provides at least 50% protection against leprosy in this population and that protection is independent of age, sex, schooling status, or location within the project area. Agreement between these findings and those from a controlled trial in Uganda indicates that BCG is sufficiently effective against leprosy in East and Central Africa to be considered an important element of leprosy control in that region.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Fine PE
Ponnighaus J M
Maine N
Clarkson J A
Bliss L
Year of Publication
1986
Journal
Lancet
Volume
2
Issue
8505
Number of Pages
499-502
Date Published
1986 Aug 30
Language
eng
ISSN Number
0140-6736
Alternate Journal
Lancet
Publication Language
eng