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MANAGEMENT OF ZIKA OUTBREAK IN A TROPICAL URBANISED COUNTRY: SINGAPORE

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SAFE-V7-N3-390-398

Volume

Volume 7 (2017), Issue 3

Pages

8

Page Range

390 - 398

Author(s)

DOREEN TAN SOEK CHIN & CHONG SI JACK

Abstract

Zika is a vector borne viral disease that has been associated with significant congenital abnormalities, including microcephaly. Singapore, being a densely populated tropical country, is extremely concerned with this particular disease as the vector Aedes Egypti is endemic in the country. In Aug 2016, a local Zika outbreak occurred in Singapore, which resulted in more than 400 locally transmitted cases. The authors would like to share our experiences and lessons learnt in our acute care hospital’s response to this outbreak. We will include the preparation of infrastructure, facilities, logistics, communications, screening and management procedures that allowed us to manage the outbreak expeditiously.

Keywords

aedes Aegypti, outbreak management, Singapore, vector-borne disease, zika, zika virus infection