ECDC in the field: Missions to Madeira
ECDC conducted a first mission in October 2012 to set up a specific epidemiological surveillance system based on information from the public healthcare system, the Madeira Dengue Surveillance System. Using this tool, the local authorities were able to follow the spatio-temporal evolution of the outbreak. Results were published in an epidemiological bulletin for the main stakeholders.
In March 2013, ECDC conducted a second mission to Madeira to retrospectively assess outbreak epidemiology as well as the public health measures and activities implemented between September 2012 and February 2013 and to
discuss with the local health authorities response and preparedness planning with regard to future scenarios. Upon request from the Portuguese Directorate-General of Health, the team conducted a SWOT analysis (strengths,
weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) of main activities related to dengue prevention and control in Madeira. The main outcomes of this analysis are presented in this report.