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Lessons from the field: COVID-19 outbreak investigations in Kpone-Katamanso, Greater Accra, Ghana: a Global South approach to disease control and contact tracing

Lessons from the field: COVID-19 outbreak investigations in Kpone-Katamanso, Greater Accra, Ghana: a Global South approach to disease control and contact tracing
Lessons from the field: COVID-19 outbreak investigations in Kpone-Katamanso, Greater Accra, Ghana: a Global South approach to disease control and contact tracing

In the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality (Greater Accra, Ghana), as part of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic response, public health teams implemented and carried out enhanced contact tracing and surveillance from March 2020 to March 2021. There were 725 confirmed COVID-19 cases during this time period, most of which were detected as part of the enhanced surveillance. This is resource intensive, but beneficial in the early detection of cases, thus reducing further community transmission and, in effect, stopping larger outbreaks at the source. A proactive approach to case detection can be successful in reducing community transmission and supporting the pandemic response.

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Danquah, Esther P.B.
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Danquah, Esther P.B., Darko, Shadrack, Frimpong, Adom, Head, Michael G. and Osei, Bright (2022) Lessons from the field: COVID-19 outbreak investigations in Kpone-Katamanso, Greater Accra, Ghana: a Global South approach to disease control and contact tracing. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (doi:10.1093/trstmh/trac063).

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In the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality (Greater Accra, Ghana), as part of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic response, public health teams implemented and carried out enhanced contact tracing and surveillance from March 2020 to March 2021. There were 725 confirmed COVID-19 cases during this time period, most of which were detected as part of the enhanced surveillance. This is resource intensive, but beneficial in the early detection of cases, thus reducing further community transmission and, in effect, stopping larger outbreaks at the source. A proactive approach to case detection can be successful in reducing community transmission and supporting the pandemic response.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 June 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 July 2022
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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Local EPrints ID: 468285
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/468285
ISSN: 0035-9203
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ORCID for Michael G. Head: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1189-0531

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Date deposited: 09 Aug 2022 16:48
Last modified: 10 Aug 2022 01:46

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Author: Esther P.B. Danquah
Author: Shadrack Darko
Author: Adom Frimpong
Author: Michael G. Head ORCID iD
Author: Bright Osei

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