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[Chikungunya outbreak on Reunion Island in 2005/2006: role of hospital physicians in raising alert].

Authors
  • Boisson, V
  • Cresta, M P
  • Thibault, L
  • Antok, E
  • Lemant, J
  • Gradel, A
  • André, H
  • Tixier, F
  • Winer, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Médecine tropicale : revue du Corps de santé colonial
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2012
Volume
72 Spec No
Pages
19–22
Identifiers
PMID: 22693921
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The epidemic of chikungunya (CHIK) that swept through Reunion Island from late 2005 to mid 2006 affected 38.2% of the population, i.e., 300000 people. Although this outbreak took place in a French overseas department with high public health standards, failure to anticipate a large-scale epidemic associated with unprecedented severity and unexpectedly high mortality led to a major public health crisis. The purpose of this report is to provide a complete account of the experience of hospital intensive care physicians in addressing problems ranging from discovery of severe forms to management of a major health crisis. This report underlines the role of the head hospital physician and the necessity of mutual trust and collaboration with supervisory authorities.

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