Mexico, prepared for seasonal and pandemic influenza

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Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention (CDC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), acknowledged that the Program of Maintenance of the Surveillance Networks and Response for the Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza in Mexico, operating in 32 states, has strengths and is prepared for a possible crisis.

Last week, representatives for the CDC and PAHO reviewed the proper functioning of the program and identified various areas of opportunity for the Epidemiological Surveillance System for Influenza in Mexico (SISVEFLU) to be more efficient.

The meeting was held at the Governmento Office of Epidemiology in Mexico City from August 29 to September 2, 2016, where representatives of the institutions visited some health centers to verify protocols.

This initiative, which began in our country since 2011, had resources for more than a half million dollars granted by the CDC, and were channeled by FUMEC. Among other achievements, the program endowed 538 medical units with suitable tools and protocols for detection of influenza.

In addition, 31 state public health laboratories from the Network of the Surveillance Laboratories were strengthened, coordinated by the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (Indre), where the acquisition of equipment and supplies for viral isolation and diagnosis was achieved.

In the event participated Vic Veguilla, Project Manager of the CDC and Tamara Mancero, Advisor on Disease Prevention and Control PAHO Mexico; María Eugenia Jimenez Corona, Deputy Director of the DGE; Beatriz Calderón Cruz, Head of the Department of Analysis of Epidemiological Information and National Operations Manager of SISVEFLU.

While the program will ended on September 2016, the work process was extended until September 2017 because the remaining funds will be used for maintenance on the system that is currently operating in order to resume the project in a second phase, in order strengthen and ensure its proper operation.



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