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[New vector control measures implemented between 2005 and 2011 on Reunion Island: lessons learned from chikungunya epidemic].

Authors
  • Bâville, M
  • Dehecq, J S
  • Reilhes, O
  • Margueron, T
  • Polycarpe, D
  • Filleul, L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Médecine tropicale : revue du Corps de santé colonial
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2012
Volume
72 Spec No
Pages
43–46
Identifiers
PMID: 22693927
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A major chikungunya outbreak concerned 38% of people living in Reunion Island in 2005-2006. Chikungunya is an arthropod-born-virus disease conveyed by mosquitoes called Aedes albopictus. The health agency in Indian Ocean is responsible for vector control. Previously, in the early 40s, vector control concerned only malaria prophylaxis in La Réunion. Then, during the chikungunya outbreak, a new vector control team was installed and learned from this epidemic. The lessons drawn from chikungunya outbreak in La Réunion are about global executive management and organization linked the local partners and population. The lessons also concern technical topics such as the need of scientific research about vectors and vector-control methods. Finally, the regional cooperation in Indian Ocean (Réunion, Maurice, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar) has to be developed to share epidemiologic and entomologic data in order to prevent new chikungunya or dengue outbreak.

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