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Monitoring travellers from Ebola-affected countries in New South Wales, Australia: what is the impact on travellers?

Chan, Jocelyn; Patel, Mahomed; Tobin, Sean; Sheppeard, V

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Background Amidst an Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic of unprecedented magnitude in west Africa, concerns about the risk of importing EVD led to the introduction of programs for the screening and monitoring of travellers in a number of countries, including Australia. Emerging reports indicate that these programs are feasible to implement, however rigorous evaluations are not yet available. We aimed to evaluate the program of screening and monitoring travellers in New South...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorChan, Jocelyn
dc.contributor.authorPatel, Mahomed
dc.contributor.authorTobin, Sean
dc.contributor.authorSheppeard, V
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-12T01:15:45Z
dc.date.available2021-08-12T01:15:45Z
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/243877
dc.description.abstractBackground Amidst an Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic of unprecedented magnitude in west Africa, concerns about the risk of importing EVD led to the introduction of programs for the screening and monitoring of travellers in a number of countries, including Australia. Emerging reports indicate that these programs are feasible to implement, however rigorous evaluations are not yet available. We aimed to evaluate the program of screening and monitoring travellers in New South Wales. Methods We conducted a mixed methods study to evaluate the program of screening and monitoring travellers in New South Wales. We extracted quantitative data from the Notifiable Conditions Information Management System database and obtained qualitative data from two separate surveys of public health staff and arrivals, conducted by phone. Results Between 1 October 2014 and 13 April 2015, public health staff assessed a total of 122 out of 123 travellers. Six people (5%) developed symptoms compatible with EVD and required further assessment. None developed EVD. Aid workers required lower levels of support compared to other travellers. Many travellers experienced stigmatisation. Public health staff were successful in supporting travellers to recognise and manage symptoms. Conclusion We recommend that programs for monitoring travellers should be tailored to the needs of different populations and include specific strategies to remediate stigmatisation.
dc.description.sponsorshipJC was completing a placement as part of the Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology, Australian National University.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd.
dc.rights© The Author(s). 2017 Open Access
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceBMC Public Health
dc.titleMonitoring travellers from Ebola-affected countries in New South Wales, Australia: what is the impact on travellers?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume17
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor111706 - Epidemiology
local.identifier.absfor110309 - Infectious Diseases
local.identifier.absfor111711 - Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB6362
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationChan, Jocelyn, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationPatel, Mahomed, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationTobin, Sean, Health Protection New South Wales (NSW) NSW Health
local.contributor.affiliationSheppeard, V, NSW Department of Health
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage113
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage113
local.identifier.doi10.1186/s12889-017-4016-2
local.identifier.absseo920407 - Health Protection and/or Disaster Response
local.identifier.absseo920208 - Health Policy Evaluation
local.identifier.absseo920404 - Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T10:50:29Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85010030972
local.identifier.thomsonID000392914700003
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