Communicable Diseases Surveillance in Singapore 2008

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Abstract :
The year 2008 was an eventful year. We encountered two significant outbreaks – the Hand, Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak and the Chikungunya outbreak. Through collective efforts from our key partner – the National Environment Agency, we managed to quell the latter outbreak when it first occurred in Little India at the beginning of the year. However, after a gap of 6 months, Chikungunya reemerged locally and local transmission continued for the rest of the year. Chikungunya has since been legally gazetted as a notifiable disease under the Infectious Diseases Act (IDA). HFMD is a common childhood infection that is endemic in Singapore. Every two to three years, we get an outbreak associated with EV71. We experienced such an outbreak in early part of 2008. We imposed stringent control measures by tightening the triggers for closure of childcare centres and pre-schools during the period of outbreak. However, there was a case of death associated with EV71 during the non-outbreak period in July 08. Fortunately, deaths from HFMD are very rare.

Registration No : B850
Author :
Ministry of Health Singapore

Edition :
Impresum : Singapore: Ministry of Health Singapore, 2008
Description :
Language : English

ISBN 02177854

1. 300 - SOSIO-CULTURAL COMMUNITY / 360.1 - Health and Communicable Diseases - Communicable Diseases

Keyword :
1 disease
2 singapore

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