Cuba Hosts International Course on Dengue

Source:  Cuban News Agency
August 10 2015

dengue2Professors of England, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, the United States, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and Cuba are taking part in an International Course on Dengue that began on Monday in this capital.

The Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute  (IPK), Collaborating Center of the Pan-American and World Organizations PAHO / WHO for the Study of Dengue and its Vector, is the venue of this meeting, which will run until August 21, the Cubasi the Web site reported on August 10.

Theoretical and practical sessions

In this 14th edition of the course, which will include theoretical and practical sessions, experts from several countries will receive an update on the epidemiological situation of dengue at global and regional scales, the clinical management of patients, the control of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits the disease, and advances in research on the subject.

These include vaccines; the development of antiviral substances; genetics of individuals; the virus and the vector and new control tools; the influence of climate change on that condition; and confrontation of emergencies; announced Dr. of Sciences Maria Guadalupe Guzman, president of the organizing committee.

WHO/PAHO initiatives

Also presented will be the progress made and results obtained in the implementation of the Comprehensive Management Strategy that PAHO and countries develop in the Americas for a better struggle against dengue, as well as other international initiatives led by the WHO and other organizations.

Likewise, Guzman, Head of the Virology Department of the IPK and director of its WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center for the Study of Dengue and its Vector announced that there will be a parallel course on Mathematical Modeling for the prognosis of the disease.

Also, there will be a workshop dedicated to severe dengue and three expert meetings -to discuss the progress of a multi-center project; the strengthening of surveillance and response to outbreaks of the disease; and the comprehensive management of vectors.

Source:  Cuba Hosts International Course on Dengue  Cuban News Agency

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