Dengue control in the context of climate change: views from health professionals in different geographic regions of China

Michael X. Tong, Alana Hansen, Scott Hanson-Easey, Jianjun Xiang, Scott Cameron, Qiyong Liu, Xiaobo Liu, Yehuan Sun, Philip Weinstein, Gil-Soo Han, Craig Williams, Afzal Mahmood, Peng Bi

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Abstract

Background: Dengue is a significant climate-sensitive disease. Public health professionals play an important role in prevention and control of the disease. This study aimed to explore dengue control and prevention in the context of climate change in China. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 630 public health professionals in 2015. Descriptive analysis and logistic regression were performed. Results: More than 80% of participants from southwest and central China believed climate change would affect dengue. However, participants from northeast China were less likely to believe so (65%). Sixty-nine percent of participants in Yunnan perceived that dengue had emerged/re-emerged in recent years, compared with 40.6% in Henan and 23.8% in Liaoning. Less than 60% of participants thought current prevention and control programs had been effective. Participants believed mosquitoes in high abundance, imported cases and climate change were main risk factors for dengue in China. Conclusion: There were varying views of dengue in China. Professionals in areas susceptible to dengue were more likely to be concerned about climate change and dengue. Current prevention and control strategies need to be improved. Providing more information for staff in lower levels of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may help in containing a possible increase of dengue.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Infection and Public Health
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • China
  • Climate change
  • Dengue control
  • Infectious disease
  • Public health professional

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Tong, Michael X. ; Hansen, Alana ; Hanson-Easey, Scott ; Xiang, Jianjun ; Cameron, Scott ; Liu, Qiyong ; Liu, Xiaobo ; Sun, Yehuan ; Weinstein, Philip ; Han, Gil-Soo ; Williams, Craig ; Mahmood, Afzal ; Bi, Peng. / Dengue control in the context of climate change : views from health professionals in different geographic regions of China. In: Journal of Infection and Public Health. 2018.
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Tong, MX, Hansen, A, Hanson-Easey, S, Xiang, J, Cameron, S, Liu, Q, Liu, X, Sun, Y, Weinstein, P, Han, G-S, Williams, C, Mahmood, A & Bi, P 2018, 'Dengue control in the context of climate change: views from health professionals in different geographic regions of China' Journal of Infection and Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jiph.2018.12.010

Dengue control in the context of climate change : views from health professionals in different geographic regions of China. / Tong, Michael X.; Hansen, Alana; Hanson-Easey, Scott; Xiang, Jianjun; Cameron, Scott; Liu, Qiyong; Liu, Xiaobo; Sun, Yehuan; Weinstein, Philip; Han, Gil-Soo; Williams, Craig; Mahmood, Afzal; Bi, Peng.

In: Journal of Infection and Public Health, 31.12.2018.

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