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Is Pakistan becoming a safe haven for chikungunya virus? Current status and proposed measures to curtail this emerging public health threat

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posted on 05.10.2018, 00:00 by AW Khan, Andrew Taylor-Robinson
Background: The recent full-scale outbreaks of chikungunya arbovirus infection in Pakistan, the first in its history, represent a serious new challenge to the nation's public health. Methods: In this retrospective study of successive epidemics that started in 2016 and 2017, to mid 2018 thousands of clinical cases were reported that led to a significant number of fatalities in various cities right across the country. Results: In the face of an already undermined healthcare system, the great burden of morbidity among the workforce caused by the outbreaks is another blow to Pakistan's shrinking economy. Conclusions: In order to reduce the threat of chikungunya-related febrile illness in future, there is a pressing need for a consolidated programme of improved vector control, accurate infection diagnosis, dedicated disease surveillance and well-managed border enforcement measures to be implemented as a public health priority. © 2018 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

History

Volume

23

Issue

4

Start Page

1

End Page

6

Number of Pages

6

ISSN

2468-0451

Publisher

Elsevier, Netherlands

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

22/07/2018

External Author Affiliations

Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Infection, Disease and Health

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