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Estimating effectiveness of case-area targeted response interventions against cholera in Haiti

  1. Edwige Michel
  2. Jean Gaudart
  3. Samuel Beaulieu
  4. Gregory Bulit
  5. Martine Piarroux
  6. Jacques Boncy
  7. Patrick Dely
  8. Renaud Piarroux  Is a corresponding author
  9. Stanislas Rebaudet  Is a corresponding author
  1. Ministry of Public Health and Population, Haiti
  2. Aix Marseille University, APHM, INSERM, IRD, SESSTIM, Hop Timone, BioSTIC, Biostatistics and ICT, France
  3. United Nations Children's Fund, Haiti
  4. Service de Santé des Armées, France
  5. Sorbonne Université, INSERM, Institut Pierre-Louis d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique, AP-HP, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, France
  6. APHM, Aix Marseille University, INSERM, IRD, Hôpital Européen, SESSTIM, France
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e50243 doi: 10.7554/eLife.50243

Abstract

Case-area targeted interventions (CATIs) against cholera are conducted by rapid response teams, and may include various activities like water, sanitation, hygiene measures. However, their real-world effectiveness has never been established. We conducted a retrospective observational study in 2015-2017 in the Centre department of Haiti. Using cholera cases, stool cultures and CATI records, we identified 238 outbreaks that were responded to. After adjusting for potential confounders, we found that a prompt response could reduce the number of accumulated cases by 76% (95% confidence interval, 59 to 86) and the outbreak duration by 61% (41 to 75) when compared to a delayed response. An intense response could reduce the number of accumulated cases by 59% (11 to 81) and the outbreak duration by 73% (49 to 86) when compared to a weaker response. These results suggest that prompt and repeated CATIs were significantly effective at mitigating and shortening cholera outbreaks in Haiti.

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  1. Edwige Michel

    Directorate of Epidemiology Laboratory and Research, Ministry of Public Health and Population, Delmas, Haiti
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  2. Jean Gaudart

    Aix Marseille University, APHM, INSERM, IRD, SESSTIM, Hop Timone, BioSTIC, Biostatistics and ICT, Marseille, France
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  3. Samuel Beaulieu

    United Nations Children's Fund, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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  4. Gregory Bulit

    United Nations Children's Fund, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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  5. Martine Piarroux

    Centre d'Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique des Armées, Service de Santé des Armées, Marseille, France
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  6. Jacques Boncy

    National Laboratory of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health and Population, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  7. Patrick Dely

    Directorate of Epidemiology Laboratory and Research, Ministry of Public Health and Population, Delmas, Haiti
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  8. Renaud Piarroux

    Service de Parasitologie Mycologie, Sorbonne Université, INSERM, Institut Pierre-Louis d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique, AP-HP, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris, France
    For correspondence
    renaud.piarroux@aphp.fr
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  9. Stanislas Rebaudet

    APHM, Aix Marseille University, INSERM, IRD, Hôpital Européen, SESSTIM, Marseille, France
    For correspondence
    stanreb@gmail.com
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
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Funding

UNICEF

  • Samuel Beaulieu
  • Gregory Bulit
  • Stanislas Rebaudet

Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Marseille

  • Stanislas Rebaudet

Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris

  • Renaud Piarroux

The funders of this study (UNICEF, APHM, APHP) had staff (co-authors of this manuscript) who had a role in data collection, analyses and writing of the report. However, the funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Ethics

Human subjects: All analyses retrospectively included routinely collected cholera surveillance and control data. The study protocol received authorization #1718-24 from the National Bioethics Committee of Haiti MSPP. The study only analysed anonymised data. Informed consent from patients and from people who benefited from a response intervention was therefore not required for this study.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Mark Jit, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Public Health England, United Kingdom

Publication history

  1. Received: July 16, 2019
  2. Accepted: December 20, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: December 30, 2019 (version 1)

Copyright

© 2019, Michel et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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