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Public Health Preparedness for the World's Largest Mass Gathering: 2010 World Exposition in Shanghai, China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 September 2012

He Yi
Affiliation:
Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, Shanghai, China
Yuan Zheng'an
Affiliation:
Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, Shanghai, China
Wu Fan*
Affiliation:
Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, Shanghai, China
Guo Xiang
Affiliation:
Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, Shanghai, China
Dong Chen
Affiliation:
Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, Shanghai, China
He Yongchao
Affiliation:
Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, Shanghai, China
Sun Xiaodong
Affiliation:
Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, Shanghai, China
Pan Hao
Affiliation:
Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, Shanghai, China
Mollie Mahany
Affiliation:
National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia USA
Mark Keim
Affiliation:
National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia USA
*
Correspondence:Wu Fan, MD Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention 1380 West Zhongshan Road 200336, Shanghai, P.R. China E-mail fwu@scdc.sh.cn

Abstract

The 2010 World Exposition in Shanghai China (Expo) was the largest mass gathering in world history, attracting a record 72 million visitors. More than 190 countries participated in the Expo, along with more than 50 international organizations. The 2010 Expo was six months in duration (May 1 through October 30, 2010), and the size of the venue site comprised 5.28 square kilometers. Great challenges were imposed on the public health system in Shanghai due to the high number and density of visitors, long duration of the event, and other risk factors such as high temperatures, typhoon, etc.

As the major metropolitan public health agency in Shanghai, the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (SCDC) implemented a series of actions in preparing for, and responding to, the potential health impact of the world's largest mass gathering to date, which included partnerships for capacity building, enhancement of internal organizational structure, risk assessment, strengthened surveillance, disaster planning and exercises, laboratory management, vaccination campaign, health education, health intervention, risk communication and mass media surveillance, and technical support for health inspection. The clear-cut organizational structures and job responsibilities, as well as comprehensive operational and scientific preparations, were key elements to ensure the success of the 2010 World Exposition.

YiH, Zheng'anY, FanW, XiangG, ChenD, YongchaoH, XiaodongS, HaoP, MahanyM, KeimM. Public Health Preparedness for the World's Largest Mass Gathering: 2010 World Exposition in Shanghai, China. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2012;27(6):1-6.

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Special Report
Copyright
Copyright © World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2012

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