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Mexico foments actions against zika, dengue and chikungunya

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The United States, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), started the last February, a pilot project of disease surveillance against zika, dengue and chikungunya in Hidalgo County, Texas, based on the Mexican Entomological Surveillance System.

In a meeting held on February 10, Mexican authorities of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control (CENAPRECE) presented the Mexican Entomological Surveillance System at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), which has made it possible to reduce considerably the number of infections by the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti).

The Integral Vector System Platform, developed and operated by the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), is part of the CENAPRECE’s Entomological Surveillance System, these are supported by Border Infectious Disease Surveillance (BIDS) resources through the Cooperative Agreement between The United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC) and the CDC.

This pilot program, in which Reynosa, Tamaulipas and students of the UTRGV collaborate, consists in placing traps (ovitraps) on both sides of the border to detect the areas where the mosquito deposits its eggs.

The investment of the BIDS program is also aimed at strengthening the practice of that system in Mexico and providing support to the Latin American countries which are interested in its implementation.

Therefore, from February 27 to March 3 in Merida, Yucatan, a "Training in the Implementation of the Aedes aegypti Entomological Surveillance System and Use of the Integral Vector System Platform" was also carried out, so that Latin American countries intending to adopt the practice can do it.

The training, led by CENAPRECE authorities, was consisted of activities such as installation and reading of ovitraps, collection of adult mosquitoes with vacuum cleaners, calibration of insecticide application equipment, among others.

Representatives from countries such as Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Panama, Haiti, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru participated in this meeting and it’s expected that Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic adopt the Mexican Entomological Surveillance System with support from CENAPRECE.

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