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 Preparedness and Response for Chikungunya Virus Introduction  in the Americas

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1. Presentation

Chikungunya virus has recently spread in many areas of the world leading to disease in millions of persons.  Although the virus is not currently in the Americas, the high infestation rate of Aedes aegypti, one of the main vectors of the virus, places the region at risk for the introduction and potential spread of this pathogen.  Given these factors, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) with the support of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened a meeting in Lima, Peru on July 21-23, 2010 to discuss the threat this virus represents and measures that might be taken to mitigate this. The main goal of the meeting was to finalize a guideline for “Preparedness and Response for Chikungunya Virus Introduction in the Americas”. The agenda of the meeting and the list of participants can be read below.

Taking into account the importance of preparing countries in our region to face an eventual introduction of this virus, PAHO is releasing an early draft of the guideline document. The guideline is currently available only in English, though it will be published shortly in Spanish.  It is important to highlight that the text of the chapters that are being made available are in a draft format and are likely to undergo additional changes through the editorial process.

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