Surveillance and control of communicable diseases and providing psychosocial
support continued to be major focuses of relief efforts in countries in South
Asia stricken by the effects of December's tsunami, according to the
World Health Organization (WHO).
The potential for infectious disease outbreaks was a major concern in
the days and weeks following the disaster. As of mid-February, although a
tetanus outbreak in Indonesia's Aceh province appeared to be resolving,
247 cases of gastroenteritis due to suspected food poisoning had occurred
in a camp in Aceh Utara. Cases of measles also had been identified in the
province; about 144 000 children had been immunized and accelerated vaccination
campaigns were planned. Plans were under way for a cholera vaccination campaign
in Banda Aceh, one of the hardest hit areas.
Stephenson J. Post-Tsunami Relief Efforts. JAMA. 2005;293(11):1316. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1316-b