Evolution of dengue control strategies in north Queensland, Australia

Ritchie, Scott A. (2005) Evolution of dengue control strategies in north Queensland, Australia. Arbovirus Research in Australia, 9. pp. 324-330.

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[Extract] A large outbreak of dengue virus type 2(DENV-2) in 1992-93 affected several north Queensland communities, and would serve as the trigger for the development of comprehensive dengue control strategies by Queensland Health. The outbreak hit especially hard in Townsville and Charters Towers. Townsville recorded nearly 1000 cases (Streatfield et al. 1993) while up to 27% of the population of Charters Towers was exposed to the virus (McBride et al. 1998). This large outbreak, coming after the end of the Commonwealth-sponsored dengue "Mosquito Eradication Campaign" of the mid 1980s (Kay 1986), struck home the fact that dengue had to be taken seriously in north Queensland, a point originally made by Kay et al. (1984) after the 1981 dengue outbreak in the Torres Strait. In response, Queensland Health, in collaboration with local stakeholders and international experts, including Dr. Duane Gubler of the US Centers for Disease Control, formulated the first Dengue Fever Management Plan (DFMP) for north Queensland (Ritchie et al. 2002). This plan incorporated disease surveillance, health education and mosquito surveillance and control to form a comprehensive dengue control program.

Item ID: 5806
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0725-4989
Keywords: Australia; dengue; virus
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2009 22:43
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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