Outwitting dengue threat and epidemics resurgence in Asia-Pacific countries: strengthening integrated dengue surveillance, monitoring and response systems

Infect Dis Poverty. 2016 May 27;5(1):56. doi: 10.1186/s40249-016-0148-3.


Dengue is still a substantial vector-borne viral disease threat and burden of public health importance worldwide. This situation is complicated by dengue virus unprecedented resurgence and persistence of varied serotypes in endemic-prone areas, and man-made and natural activities consequences that promote vector emergence, transmission dynamics and spread across the Asia-Pacific region. There is an urgent need to strengthen operational and contextual surveillance-response research in improving early detection of active reservoir detection, novel drug in case management and quality evidence-based response including the deployment of dengue mass vaccination. Moreover, sustained mapping and watching of dengue risk factors or determinants, performance and outcome indicators of control or elimination programs effectiveness in defining minimum effective data towards community knowledge-based decision-making policy and effective response packages is imperative. Moreover, implementation of a robust, integrated dengue early warning surveillance, monitoring and response systems metrics is required for evidence-based, timely and cost-effective contextual mitigation strategies, and innovative interventions.

Keywords: Asia-Pacific; China; Dengue; Epidemics; Monitoring; Response; Resurgence; Surveillance.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Asia / epidemiology
  • Dengue / epidemiology*
  • Dengue / prevention & control*
  • Dengue / virology
  • Dengue Virus / physiology*
  • Epidemics*
  • Humans
  • Pacific Islands / epidemiology
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Risk Factors