DengueNet implementation in the Americas : report of a WHO/PAHO/CDC meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico 9-11 July 2002
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DengueNet implementation in the Americas : report of a WHO/PAHO/CDC meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico 9-11 July 2002

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      This meeting on DengueNet implementation in the Americas was organized by the World Health Organization Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response, Global Alert and Response, (WHO/CSR/GAR) jointly with the Pan American Health Organization Division of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control (PAHO/HCP/HCT) and the WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for Dengue Reference and Research at the Dengue Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Disease (DVBID), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Puerto Rico. The first meeting on DengueNet implementation in the Americas was held jointly with WHO/PAHO and the WHO collaborating centre for dengue at CDC on 9-11 July, 2002 in Puerto Rico, USA. The objective was to describe and demonstrate DengueNet to prospective users and launch pilot testing by building on the existing reporting systems and network of dengue laboratories in the Americas. Forty participants (surveillance epidemiologists and laboratory specialists) from 15 countries participated in this first meeting on implementation of DengueNet. The focus of the technical discussions in the plenary was (1) the challenge and need for global epidemiological and laboratory surveillance of dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF); (2) the national epidemiology and laboratory surveillance systems in participating countries in the Americas; and (3) presentation of DengueNet and a “hands-on” session with the Internet site. Two working groups were convened. The first defined the epidemiological data and reporting requirements for DengueNet, modifications needed to its present format, identification of countries for pilot testing and the roles and responsibilities of national and international partners. The second group reviewed laboratory standards and quality control issues for dengue serological diagnosis and virus isolation building on the recommendations of the two previous WHO meetings on dengue laboratories in the Americas. This first meeting marks the start of the phased implementation of DengueNet starting with the Americas in 2002 and expanding to the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions in 2003. There was very active participation by representatives from national programmes and laboratories, WHO collaborating centres and WHO/HQ, PAHO and country offices. WHO/CDS/CSR/GAR/2003.8 PAHO/HCP/HCT/V/230/03
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