|Program and Presentations|
The program of the international meeting allowed representatives from the health and agricultural sector of the selected countries to present information about the epidemiological situation and action plans, as well as share their experiences. There was also an opportunity to discuss the methodologies presented during the National Forum about the study carried out jointly between the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua and PAHO and its possible applications in the regional programs.
The agenda also included presentations by the World Health Organization, the Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center (PANAFTOSA/PAHO), the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz/Brazil) and the University of Minnesota, followed by plenary discussions.
The discussions among participants made it possible to exchange operational views about the same subject, for example, which would be the definition of an outbreak of leptospirosis for the country; in addition to elaborate recommendations for new studies to be conducted and potential partners on the subject to predict, detect, prevent, and respond to outbreaks of leptospirosis in risk areas and groups.
Dr. Deyanira Bidó Estrella, Technical Division of Epidemiological Surveillance, Ministry of Agriculture/Dominican Republic
Dr. Emilia Peña, General Directorate of Epidemiological Surveillance, Ministry of Health/Dominican Republic
Dr. Reina Teresa Velásquez, Head of the Zoonoses Control Program of the Ministry of Health/Honduras
Dr. Carlos Espinoza Rodezno, Head of the Department of Epidemiology, Ministry of Agriculture/Honduras
Dr. Eduardo Suárez, Directorate of Infectious Diseases, Ministry of Health/El Salvador
Dr. Eduardo Pacheco de Caldas, Zoonoses Surveillance Department, Secretary of Health Surveillance/Brazil
Dr. William Jirón, Director of the School of Veterinary Medicine, UNAN-León/Nicaragua
Dr. Martha María Pereira, WHO Collaborating Center on Leptospirosis, Fiocruz/Rio de Janeiro-Brazil
Dr. Claudia Muñoz Zanzi, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at University of Minnesota/GLEAN-WHO
Dr. Alfonso Clavijo, Diagnostic Advisor, PANAFTOSA/PAHO
Dr. Cristina Schneider, Advisor, Human and Animal Health Interface, IHR/Alert and Response and Epidemic Diseases, HSD/PAHO-Washington
Ms. Patricia Nájera, GIS Expert/PAHO-Washington.
Presented by Dr. Cristina Schneider
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization