Preparedness for threat of chikungunya in the pacific

Roth, Adam, Hoy, Damian, Horwood, Paul F, Ropa, Berry, Hancock, Thane, Guillaumot, Laurent, Rickart, Keith, Frison, Pascal, Pavlin, Boris and Souares, Yvan (2014) Preparedness for threat of chikungunya in the pacific. Emerging infectious diseases, 20 (8). ISSN 25062306

Abstract

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) caused significant outbreaks of illness
during 2005–2007 in the Indian Ocean region. Chikungunya
outbreaks have also occurred in the Pacific region, including in
Papua New Guinea in 2012; New Caledonia in April 2013; and Yap
State, Federated States of Micronesia, in August 2013. CHIKV is a
threat in the Pacific, and the risk for further spread is high, given
several similarities between the Pacific and Indian Ocean
chikungunya outbreaks. Island healthcare systems have difficulties
coping with high caseloads, which highlights the need for early
multidisciplinary preparedness. The Pacific Public Health
Surveillance Network has developed several strategies focusing on
surveillance, case management, vector control, laboratory
confirmation, and communication. The management of this CHIKV
threat will likely have broad implications for global public health.

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