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Best practices in dengue surveillance: a report from the Asia-Pacific and Americas Dengue Prevention Boards.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21103381     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Dengue fever is a virus infection that is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and can cause severe disease especially in children. Dengue fever is a major problem in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world.
METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We invited dengue experts from around the world to attend meetings to discuss dengue surveillance. We reviewed literature, heard detailed reports on surveillance programs, and shared expert opinions.
RESULTS: Presentations by 22 countries were heard during the 2.5 day meetings. We describe the best methods of surveillance in general, the stakeholders in dengue surveillance, and the steps from mosquito bite to reporting of a dengue case to explore how best to carry out dengue surveillance. We also provide details and a comparison of the dengue surveillance programs by the presenting countries.
CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The experts provided recommendations for achieving the best possible data from dengue surveillance accepting the realities of the real world (e.g., limited funding and staff). Their recommendations included: (1) Every dengue endemic country should make reporting of dengue cases to the government mandatory; (2) electronic reporting systems should be developed and used; (3) at minimum dengue surveillance data should include incidence, hospitalization rates, deaths by age group; (4) additional studies should be completed to check the sensitivity of the system; (5) laboratories should share expertise and data; (6) tests that identify dengue virus should be used in patients with fever for four days or less and antibody tests should be used after day 4 to diagnose dengue; and (7) early detection and prediction of dengue outbreaks should be goals for national surveillance systems.
Mark E Beatty; Amy Stone; David W Fitzsimons; Jeffrey N Hanna; Sai Kit Lam; Sirenda Vong; Maria G Guzman; Jorge F Mendez-Galvan; Scott B Halstead; G William Letson; Joel Kuritsky; Richard Mahoney; Harold S Margolis;
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Practice Guideline; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-11-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  PLoS neglected tropical diseases     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1935-2735     ISO Abbreviation:  PLoS Negl Trop Dis     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  2011-04-12     Revised Date:  2013-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101291488     Medline TA:  PLoS Negl Trop Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e890     Citation Subset:  IM    
Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Americas / epidemiology
Asia / epidemiology
Dengue / epidemiology*,  immunology,  prevention & control*,  virology
Dengue Virus / genetics,  immunology,  isolation & purification
Pacific Islands / epidemiology
Population Surveillance* / methods
Nihal Abeysinghe / ; Jeffrey Hanna / ; Sai Kit Lam / ; Pratap Singhasivanon / ; Agus Syahurachman / ; Nguyen Thi Kim Tien / ; Sirenda Vong / ; Yukiko Wagatsuma / ; Chusak Prasittisuk / ; Nugyen Phu Cuong / ; Pedro F C Vasconcelos / ; Anabelle Alfaro Obando / ; Maria G Guzman / ; Eduardo Fernandez / ; Jorge F Mendez-Galvan / ; Juan Jose Amador / ; José F Cordero / ; Iris de Chacon / ; Antonio Arbo / ; José Luis San Martin / ; Wellington Sun / ; Steve Waterman / ; Dianna Edgil / ; Donald Douglas / ; Ananda Amarasinghe /

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