Ibagué Saludable: A novel tool of Information and Communication Technologies for surveillance, prevention and control of dengue, chikungunya, Zika and other vector-borne diseases in Colombia.

Abstract

Vector-borne diseases (VBD) are widespread in the world ecoming a concern of public health [1–3]. Dengue, chikungunya nd Zika incidence in Colombia during 2016 has been (up to ecember 1, 2016) of 350.7, 72.4 and 16.9 cases per 100,000 poplation respectively. In the municipality of Ibagué (Tolima, central olombia) it has been (up to December 1, 2016) of 371.1, 140.3 nd 657.5 cases per 100,000 population, respectively. Disease buren for chikungunya virus has been 42.8 Disability Adjusted Life ears (DALYs) per 100,000 population in the country and 36.25 for olima. Aedes aegypti is the main vector of most of the mosquitoorne viral diseases in the Americas and Colombia. It is spreading n urban areas under 2200 m.a.s.l., with high population growth, nsettled water supply, non-appropriate storage practices, highdensity of water storage receptacles and high pluviosity, among other multiple variables. In that way, Ibague municipality has these characteristics and has been considered an hyperendemic area for VBD, including dengue, chikungunya and now Zika [1–3]. Different vector control strategies have been developed. Those that involve physical, chemical, biological and other methods, being effective if there is an integral intervention on the social determinants of health at the same time. Then, seeking out for the optimization of VBD intervention, technological tools have been used to allow the proper decision making in public health policies and mitigation of the impact in the disease burden that these vectors produce, through geographical information systems, educational virtual games, medical decision applications and linked epidemiologic surveillance [4,5]. VBD control team of the health secretary of Ibague, governed by guidelines of the Ministry of Health of Colombia (MoH), has constituted suitable groups in inspection, surveillance and control (ISC) of the vector Aedes spp. However, the process of geographical reference and analysis of information has not had still a significant impact on the local public health policy, since information is interpreted and analyzed retrospectively, reflected in the sustained prevalence and with peaks increase of the VBD, and not

DOI: 10.1016/j.jiph.2017.03.001

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@article{JaramilloMartinez2017IbaguSA, title={Ibagu{\'e} Saludable: A novel tool of Information and Communication Technologies for surveillance, prevention and control of dengue, chikungunya, Zika and other vector-borne diseases in Colombia.}, author={Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo-Martinez and Heriberto V{\'a}squez-Serna and Ruthdy Chavarro-Ordo{\~n}ez and Oscar Fabi{\'a}n Rojas-Gomez and Carlos Eduardo Jim{\'e}nez-Canizales and Alfonso J Rodriguez-Morales}, journal={Journal of infection and public health}, year={2017} }