Publications & Reports

Dengue surveillance in the Pacific Islands.

Condon R, Taleo G, Stewart T, Sweeney T, Kiedrzynski T
Department of Health, Vanuatu.


Adequate monitoring of dengue activity can be achieved using a combination of mosquito vector surveillance, fever surveillance, sentinel clinicians and laboratory screening. An apparent increase in fever cases or clinically suspected DF should prompt a careful clinical and laboratory investigation. If an outbreak of dengue is confirmed, health authorities will need to implement emergency community-wide control strategies. Laboratories will quickly feel the burden of clinical monitoring of cases admitted with DHF/DSS. Surveillance can change to clinical case definitions as health workers become familiar with the presenting features of DF and DHF/DSS. Criteria for hospital referral and admission must be well understood. Routine laboratory and sentinel surveillance may resume as the epidemic wanes, and should then continue indefinitely to monitor any resurgence of dengue activity.


  • Journal: Pacific Health Dialog
  • Published: 01/09/2000
  • Volume: 7
  • Issue: 2
  • Pagination: 122-126