[Contribution of the rapid diagnostic tests for infectious diseases to the patient management in the Great East Japan earthquake].

Masumitsu Hatta, Mitsuo Kaku

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Abstract

On 11 March 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale off the northeast coast of Honshu Island, Japan, produced a devastating tsunami that destroyed many towns and villages near the coast in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures. Miyagi Prefecture was the area most severely devastated by the tsunami, with extensive loss of life and property; hundreds of thousands of people lost their houses and were forced to move to evacuation areas. In the days and weeks following devastating natural disasters, the threat of infectious disease outbreak is high. Rapid diagnostic tests can be performed at or near the site of patient care and the tests were very useful in this disaster, because they enabled us to manage patients appropriately in the settings where medical resources were limited. Here we report actual cases where the rapid diagnostic tests for infectious diseases were useful in the patient management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-41
Number of pages3
JournalUnknown Journal
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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