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Preventing yellow fever epidemics in Asian megacities: how can cities control mosquito-transmitted diseases?

Shenton, Fiona C.; Lindsay, Steve W.

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Fiona C. Shenton



Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the ever present threat from infectious diseases, this includes the ones we know about already and future unknowns. The mosquito-transmitted disease yellow fever has claimed thousands of lives over the centuries and it hasn’t gone away. It is still endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Latin America, where it is kept at bay through constant surveillance, mass vaccination campaigns and some natural immunity within local populations. Despite this there are serious outbreaks from time to time. The Aedes mosquitoes capable of transmitting the virus from person to person, are now widespread in warmer countries worldwide, moreover they thrive in urban areas. With increased international movement, the fear is that infected travellers could unwittingly introduce the virus into countries where people have little or no immunity. Densely populated Asian megacities are a major concern. There are simple measures citizens can take to protect themselves and their homes from the bite of infected mosquitoes, but city leaders must be at the forefront of a coordinated response bringing together diverse stakeholders to ensure a robust and sustainable defence.

Citation

Shenton, F. C., & Lindsay, S. W. (2023). Preventing yellow fever epidemics in Asian megacities: how can cities control mosquito-transmitted diseases?. Cities and Health, 7(3), 335-341. https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2021.1899486

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 25, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 29, 2021
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Apr 8, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 17, 2023
Journal Cities & health
Print ISSN 2374-8834
Electronic ISSN 2374-8842
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 335-341
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2021.1899486

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© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.<br /> This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.







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