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WORLDWIDE ZIKA EXPERTS GATHER IN BALI

Top Zika experts met in Bali, Indonesia on 17th-18th November 2016. The meeting was organized by the Asia Partnership on Emerging Infectious Disease Research (APEIR) and the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Consortium (MBDS) which are part of Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS). CORDS membership covers South East Europe, the Middle East, Asia, including the Mekong Basin and South East Asia, East Africa and South Africa. The network works to reduce and prevent the spread of infectious diseases by exchanging information between surveillance systems globally.

There were 30 participants from 17 countries present including Uganda, Singapore, Bulgaria, China, Thailand and Brazil. Discussions included prospective Zikaresearch activity, training opportunities and testing. Actions were agreed to manage the risk of Zika transportation across borders and to mitigate against a larger global outbreak through collaboration. The meeting resulted in a joint statement from the networks containing global initiatives and collaborative actions to follow up afterwards

APEIR2016/Zika Meeting. Picture of George Misinzo from SACIDS

APEIR2016/Zika Meeting. Picture of Hishamuddin Badaruddin from Ministry of Health Singapore

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