Prioritizing the Dengue Epidemic Mitigation Strategy Using Fuzzy TOPSIS Approach
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 3833-3844
AbstractDengue virus had become the dominant mosquito-borne disease that has rapidly spread in the world including Malaysia. Thus, controlling Aedes mosquito through the effective dengue control strategy had become the focus of government in controlling the spread of dengue virus. The aim of this paper is to prioritize the dengue control activities focuses on epidemic mitigation strategy. This strategy emphasizes on preventing the outbreak by implementing the high-impact activities at the beginning of outbreak period. The prioritized Fuzzy Technique for Order of Preference (FTOPSIS) model was developed based on the four dengue control activities namely fogging and larvaciding, premise inspection, public education and vector surveillance. Finding from the analysis shows that fogging and larvaciding, and premise inspection were the two appropriate controlling activities for epidemic mitigation strategy. As a conclusion, the FTOPSIS model provide a beneficial guidance to the health authorities in Malaysia on the most to the least importance factors should be given priority for the dengue control under epidemic mitigation strategy.
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