Review - Document Details


Review - Reviewer's Assessment

1. Short summary / abstract
Although the chances of West Nile virus arriving in the United Kingdom have been assessed as low the possibility cannot be ruled out. The contingency plan maps out how co-operation and close liaison between veterinary and health services will be achieved in practice. The contingency plan sets out measures to: -
Enhance surveillance for the virus
Alert clinicians to the symptoms of West Nile fever
Control mosquito populations
The plan explains transmission and surveillance strategies, diagnosis, patient care and the protection of healthcare professionals, public health action in partnership and environmental control.

2. What question is the document addressing?
The document sets out surveillance/actions already in place and public health action based on risk assessment nationally and locally which will be taken by health, veterinary and environmental agencies working in partnership should an incident/outbreak occur.

3. Type of study
Policy/contingency plan

4. Methods valid & appropriate?

The report sets out the strategy and contains important information for all those who might be called on to play a role in limiting the impact of West Nile virus.

5. Results / recommendations reliable?
Produced by an expert group and modelled on the epidemiological evidence of introduction and spread in other countries.

6. Any major problems and biases?

7. Any other important / relevant studies which confirm or contradict?

8. Keywords
1. Health Check: On the State of Public Health. Annual Report of the Chief medical officer 2002. Department of health. 2. Department of health. Getting Ahead of the Curve: A Stratagy for combating Infectious diseases (including other aspects of health protection). A Report by the Chief Medical officer. 2002. 3. Campbell GL Marfin AA Lanciotti RS Gubler DJ. West Nile virus. Lancet Infectious Diseases 2002: 519-529 4. Crook PD Crowcroft NS Brown DW. West nile virus and the threat to the UK. Communicable Disease and public health 2002 5: 138-43 5. Davidson KL Crowcroft NS Ramsey ME Brown DW Andrews NJ. Viral encephalitis in England 1989-1998: what did we miss? Emerging Infectious Diseases 2003 9: 234-40 Solomon T Ooi MH Beasley DW Mallewa M. West Nile encephalitis. BMJ 2003 326: 865-869

Reviewer's Details:

Name:Sue Wiseman
Post:Nurse Consultant –Infection Control, DH
(Society / Organisation / Advisory Committee):
Member Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
Health Protection Adviser Royal College of Nursing P/T
Member Infection Control Nurses Association

*** Note: These are the views of a professional expert rather than an official statement from his or her society, organisation or advisory committee.

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