The Communicable Disease Surveillance in Singapore 2003

01 Oct 2018



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Ministry of Health, Singapore Communicable Diseases Surveillance in Singapore 2003, Singapore, 2004

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The year 2003 marked a significant milestone in public health developments in Singapore. With the integration of Ministry of the Environment's Quarantine and Epidemiology Department with the Ministry of Health, there has been greater synergy in communicable diseases surveillance, prevention and control efforts. This was timely as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) emerged in the world and visited Singapore's shores. The SARS outbreak presented us with new challenges and underscored the importance of constant vigilance for communicable diseases. As new diseases like SARS emerge, many old infectious diseases like dengue fever, chickenpox and viral hepatitis continue to pose a threat to public health. With globalisation and travel, Singapore is at an increased risk for importation of highly infectious diseases.
This annual report presents epidemiological information on communicable diseases obtained through various surveillance systems and from outbreak investigations. It serves as a good resource for public health professionals and medical practitioners, who are important partners in our national efforts in communicable disease prevention and control.
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Foreword by Prof K Satku, Director of Medical Services (828KB
Population Profile (114KB)
Overview of Communicable Diseases Situation (163KB)
Special Feature: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (192KB)
I) Air-/Droplet-Borne Diseases (1.5MB)

  • Chickenpox
  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal Infection
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Viral Conjunctivitis

II) Vector-Borne/Zoonotic Diseases (1.7MB)

  • Dengue
  • Leptospirosis
  • Malaria
  • Murine Typhus

III) Food-/Water-Borne Diseases (1.7MB)

  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Cholera
  • Enteric Fevers (Typhoid and Paratyphoid)
  • Hepatitis A and E
  • Listeriosis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Shigellosis
  • Food Poisoning

IV)   Blood-Borne Diseases (967KB)

  • Hepatitis B

V)    Environment-Related Diseases (1.6MB)

  • Legionellosis
  • Melioidosis

VI)    Childhood Immunisation (1.3MB)
VII)    Appendix (1.1MB)

  • Infectious Disease Notifications in Singapore, 1990-2003