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1 Presentation to the Executive Committee PAHO/WHO, June 2003 West Nile Virus (WNV) in Latin America and the Caribbean PAHO Communicable Disease Unit

2 Presentation to the Executive Committee PAHO/WHO, June West Nile Virus in the USA (25 June 2003) Source: CDC.

3 Presentation to the Executive Committee PAHO/WHO, June Birds Positive for West Nile Virus (Canada, 2003)

4 Presentation to the Executive Committee PAHO/WHO, June Circulation of WNV in Latin America and the Caribbean ( ) 2003 (E) 2002 (A) 2001 (H) 2002 (E) 2003 (A) * 2003 (E) * Virus isolated. ? H = Human E = Equine A = Avian

5 Presentation to the Executive Committee PAHO/WHO, June PAHO Activities Set up a Task Force to work with themes related to surveillance, laboratory diagnosis and prevention of West Nile Virus in the Region. Publish their recommendations on the PAHO web. Implement surveillance of West Nile Virus through regional surveillance networks:  RECACER (Central America)  Amazon Network  Southern Cone Network

6 Presentation to the Executive Committee PAHO/WHO, June PAHO Activities Training in WNV surveillance and diagnostics for epidemiologists, laboratory personnel and veterinarians, with CDC collaborating.  2002: CAREC 23 participants from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, French Guiana, Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela.  2003: Gorgas Institute and Ministry of Agriculture (Panama) 35 participants from Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

7 Presentation to the Executive Committee PAHO/WHO, June PAHO Activities Distributing reactives to all laboratories participating in the training. For 2003, Plan to strengthen laboratory diagnostic capacity for equine encephalitis viruses, including regional production of the necessary supplies.


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