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Volume 28, Supplement—December 2022

Enhancing Respiratory Disease Surveillance to Detect COVID-19 in Shelters for Displaced Persons, Thailand–Myanmar Border, 2020–2021

Barbara KnustComments to Author , Nuttapong Wongjindanon, Aye Aye Moe, Lasantha Herath, Wiphan Kaloy, Thin Thin Soe, Preeyalak Sataranon, Htay Min Oo, Kyaw Zaw Myat, Zarni Win, Myo Htet, Min Htike, Banjong Sudhiprapha, Aye Aye Pyone, Thet Phyo Win, Hnin Zaw Win, Pongpun Sawatwong, Wanitda Watthanaworawit, Clare Ling, Sajith Gunaratne, Sai Aung Lynn, Leena Bhandari, Francois Nosten, and Beth Skaggs
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nonthaburi, Thailand (B. Knust, N. Wongjindanon, P. Sawatwong, B. Skaggs); International Rescue Committee, Mae Sot, Thailand (A.A. Moe, T.T. Soe, P. Sataranon, K.Z. Myat, Z. Win, M. Htet, M. Htike, B. Sudhiprapha, H.Z. Win); Malteser International, Mae Sariang, Thailand (L. Herath, W. Kaloy, A.A. Pyone, T.P. Win); Committee for Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand, Mae Sariang (H.M. Oo); Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, Mahidol University, Mae Sot (W. Watthanaworawit, C. Ling, F. Nosten); University of Oxford Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Oxford, UK (C. Ling, F. Nosten); International Organization for Migration, Bangkok, Thailand (S. Gunaratne, S.A. Lynn, L. Bhandari)

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Table 2

COVID-19 outbreaks in 9 displaced persons’ shelters, Thailand–Myanmar border, with cumulative number of cases as of October 31, 2021*

Camp Population† Surveillance start date (wk) No. surveillance specimens tested‡ PUI Persons with ARI Persons with ILI Persons under travel quarantine No. outbreak response specimens tested§ No. outbreaks detected
Ban Mae Nai Soi 8,152 2020 Aug 1
(wk 31)
936 0 614 48 274 NA 0
Ban Mae Surin 1,939 2020 Aug 1
(wk 31)
199 0 172 2 25 NA 0
Mae La Oon 8,971 2020 May 9 (wk 19) 556 4 412 0 140 379 1
Mae Ra Ma Luang 9,884 2020 May 9 (wk 19) 701 3 352 0 346 195 1
Mae La 34,211 2020 Aug 1
(wk 31)
812 145 579 73 15 7,151 2
Umpiem Mai 10,715 2020 Aug 1
(wk 31)
1,101 20 682 3 396 3,236 5
Nupo 9,429 2020 Aug 1
(wk 31)
851 6 336 0 509 177 2
Ban Don Yang 2,440 2021 Mar 8 (wk 10) 276 1 154 0 121 127 2
Tham Hin
2020 Aug 29 (wk 35)
Total 91,479 NA 6,190 179 3,791 129 2,091 13,401 15

*ARI, acute respiratory illness; ILI, influenza-like illness; NA, not applicable; PUI, persons under investigation; wk, epidemiological week. †Population verified by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and The Border Consortium as of November 2020. ‡Surveillance specimens were collected from persons meeting the case definition criteria for PUI, ARI, or ILI, and from persons who had returned from travel outside the camp in the previous 14 days and were under quarantine. §Outbreak response specimens include specimens collected from close contacts of confirmed cases and active case finding in the community. Totals may not include some specimens that were tested by the Thai Ministry of Public Health during first outbreaks in Umpiem Mae and Tham Hin camps.

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