Wee Lee Kang

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BACKGROUND Few studies have validated the effectiveness of public health interventions in reducing influenza spread in real‐life settings. We aim to validate these measures used during the 2009 pandemic. METHODS From 22 June to 9 October 2009, we performed a prospective observational cohort study using paired serum samples and symptom review among 3(More)
BACKGROUND From June 22 through June 25, 2009, four outbreaks of infection with the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus occurred in Singapore military camps. We report the efficacy of ring chemoprophylaxis (geographically targeted containment by means of prophylaxis) with oseltamivir to control outbreaks of 2009 H1N1 influenza in semiclosed environments. (More)
BACKGROUND Limited information is available about pandemic H1N1-2009 influenza vaccine effectiveness in tropical communities. We studied the effectiveness of a pandemic H1N1 vaccination program in reducing influenza cases in Singapore. METHODS A surveillance study was conducted among military personnel presenting with febrile respiratory illness from(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to assess user acceptability and effectiveness of implant contraception in Singaporean women. METHODS A prospective study was carried out on 553 patients who received Norplant implant in our hospital from 1 January 1992 to 31 December 2000, and followed-up till 15 July 2003. The patients' profile, side-effects,(More)
INTRODUCTION The KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKWCH) is Singapore's only tertiary institution dedicated wholly to the provision of healthcare for women and children. Since its opening in 1997, the clinical caseloads and the complexity of medical conditions managed by the various departments has increased considerably. This review aims to analyse the(More)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a noninvasive therapy used in the treatment of diving-related medical illnesses. It is an important adjunct in the management of a variety of medical conditions. The Republic of Singapore Navy Medical Service (NMS) is the main driver of the development of hyperbaric and diving medicine in Singapore. The practice of hyperbaric(More)
OBJECTIVE Submariners of disabled submarines are subject to drastic weather changes as they are awaiting rescue on the sea surface. Hyperthermia and hypothermia are just two of the adverse conditions that they can experience. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of two models of submarine escape and the protective capabilities of(More)
The popularity of diving as a leisure activity has been an increasing trend in recent years. With the rise of this sport inevitably comes increasing numbers and risk of diving-related injuries and demand for professional medical treatment of such injuries. Concurrently, with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) being more readily available, new applications for(More)
Decompression sickness (DCS) is manifested in a myriad of symptoms, and can affect any part of the body. It is attributed to the formation of inert gas bubbles in the blood and tissues. Following a diving incident, the pathogenesis of DCS is a result of mechanical obstruction caused by the inert gas bubbles and the body's immunological response to the(More)
Norplant removal may be complicated if deep insertion causes difficulty in localization with palpation. Various methods have been used to locate these deeply seated implants. Soft tissue X-ray films (standard anteroposterior and lateral views) with a paper clip placed as a marker by the clinician provide a simple method of locating deep implants.
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