Dengue is a public Health problem worldwide. The American hemisphere is not the exception, with more than 35 countries report transmission of the disease and where it has been responsible for outbreaks and epidemics that has cost many lives in recent years.
In view of the importance of counting on health professionals in dengue control and prevention in the Americas and as part of the regional activities to strengthen the capacities of the countries, PAHO sponsors, year after year, high-level scientific events on the new tools used in surveillance of Dengue, its prevention and control.
Since the year 1987, the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for the study of Dengue in Cuba, the Institute of Medicine Tropical Pedro Kouri, with the auspices of the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology, the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Cuba (MINSAP) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) organize the International Course of Dengue.
The 13rd edition of this course will be carried out from 12 to 23 August 2013 in the city of Havana, aiming that the participants (physicians, virologists, immunologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, entomologists, health administrators, among other professionals interested in the subject), jointly with professors of prestigious national and international institutions, discuss the most relevant and current aspects of this disease and its control.
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- Further information on contents of the course is available at http://instituciones.sld.cu/ipk/anuncioc/
Mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other insects can be far more than a nuisance. The diseases they carry-malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Lyme disease and many others-can cause serious illness and in some cases death. In the Americas, one out of every two people lives in an area at risk of one or more of these vector-borne diseases.
Roughly 50% of people living in the Western Hemisphere are at risk of one or more diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors, including West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. In a “call to action” for World Health Day 2014, top health experts from North and South America and the Caribbean urged greater efforts by governments, communities and individuals to control the spread of these and other vector-borne diseases.
A press telebriefing on a “call to action to step up the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas.” These include recent arrivals such as West Nile virus and chikungunya and long-established diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever.
PAHO Director Message on World Health Day 2014 (03/18/2014)
An educational video game on dengue (07/26/2013)
13º International Dengue Course (01/08/2013)
New CDC test for dengue approved (07/03/2012)
12th International Dengue Course (8-19 August 2011) (01/05/2011)
Aedes Aaegypti: medidas para el control del vector (11/29/2010)