|Guidelines for Dengue Surveillance and Mosquito Control, 1995 (WHO - OMS, 1995, 112 p.)|
The aim of these guidelines is to provide practical information on the steps for preventing and controlling outbreaks of dengue haemorrhagic fever. The main emphasis is on vector surveillance and control, and priority is given to simple environmental measures which individuals and communities can take to eliminate larval breeding. The strategy used to control adult Aedes mosquitos before and during outbreaks is given within the framework of a comprehensive control approach which includes personal protection measures, space spraying, legislation, and the early recognition and treatment of dengue haemorrhagic fever cases.
These guidelines should be a valuable source of information for those engaged in controlling dengue haemorrhagic fever. Timely action by health personnel, teachers, vector control staff and members of the community, including mothers, can prevent serious illness and death, especially among infants and children.
It is hoped that these guidelines will contribute to the promotion and implementation of improved dengue vector control programmes, resulting in better health of the communities at risk.
S.T Han, MD, Ph.D.