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Title: Socioeconomic determinants of dengue incidence in Singapore.
Authors: Ma, Stefan
Ooi, Eng Eong
Goh, Kee Tai
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia.
Place of publication: New Delhi
Language: English
Abstract: Community participation is critical in sustaining vector population control activities in order to preventdengue transmission. However, disease exposure in a community is often not uniform across the entirepopulation and the identification of “at-risk” groups would enable the disease prevention effort to befocused and thus cost-effective. We performed ecological data analyses to study the association betweensocioeconomic variables and dengue incidence in Singapore from 1998 to 2002. Our results indicatedthat the DF/DHF incidence was ecologically associated with some socioeconomic/demographiccharacteristics of the population. Areas with a high proportion of socioeconomically disadvantagedresidents had also a significantly higher DF/DHF incidence. The Aedes population density of larvae wasnot related to this difference in the DF/DHF incidence, indicating that additional risk factors werepresent in these population sub-groups, and that dengue control in Singapore could benefit from amore focused effort in outreach to the population of relatively lower socioeconomic levels.
Description: Dengue Bulletin. 2008; 32: 17-28.
Keywords: Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever
Socioeconomic Factors
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever --prevention and control
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