An interdisciplinary approach to controlling chikungunya outbreaks on French islands in the south-west Indian ocean

Med Trop (Mars). 2012 Mar;72 Spec No:66-71.


The outbreak of chikungunya that occurred on French Island territories in the southwest Indian Ocean in 2005 and 2006 caused severe morbidity and mortality. In the aftermath, French authorities set up a scientific task force including experts in epidemiology, public health, entomology, virology, immunology, sociology, animal health, community and hospital medicine. The mission of the task force was to conceive and propose research programs needed to increase understanding of the disease and epidemic and to help public health officials in improving epidemic response measures. The purpose of this article is to describe the findings of the task force at the end of its two-year existence and initial outcomes in the the areas studied. Discussion emphasizes topics requiring further study.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aedes / physiology
  • Aedes / virology
  • Alphavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Alphavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Animals
  • Chikungunya Fever
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Communicable Disease Control / organization & administration*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • France / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Indian Ocean Islands / epidemiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*