Infectious diseases: Surveillance, genetic modification and simulation

H. L. Koh, S. Y. Teh, D. L. De Angelis, J. Jiang

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Abstract

Infectious diseases such as influenza and dengue have the potential of becoming a worldwide pandemic that may exert immense pressures on existing medical infrastructures. Careful surveillance of these diseases, supported by consistent model simulations, provides a means for tracking the disease evolution. The integrated surveillance and simulation program is essential in devising effective early warning systems and in implementing efficient emergency preparedness and control measures. This paper presents a summary of simulation analysis on influenza A (H1N1) 2009 in Malaysia. This simulation analysis provides insightful lessons regarding how disease surveillance and simulation should be performed in the future. This paper briefly discusses the controversy over the experimental field release of genetically modified (GM) Aedes aegypti mosquito in Malaysia. Model simulations indicate that the proposed release of GM mosquitoes is neither a viable nor a sustainable control strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDisaster Management and Human Health Risk II
Subtitle of host publicationReducing Risk, Improving Outcomes
Pages245-256
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 28 2011
Event2nd International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes, Disaster Management 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 11 2011May 13 2011

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on the Built Environment
Volume119
ISSN (Print)1743-3509

Other

Other2nd International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes, Disaster Management 2011
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period5/11/115/13/11

Keywords

  • A H1N1
  • Dengue
  • GM mosquitoes
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Koh, H. L., Teh, S. Y., De Angelis, D. L., & Jiang, J. (2011). Infectious diseases: Surveillance, genetic modification and simulation. In Disaster Management and Human Health Risk II: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes (pp. 245-256). (WIT Transactions on the Built Environment; Vol. 119). https://doi.org/10.2495/DMAN110221