The Arbovirus Diagnosis Laboratory Network of the Americas (RELDA)

 

About the network

RELDA formerly the Dengue Laboratory Network of the Americas will now become the Arbovirus Diagnosis Laboratory Network of the Americas. 

The Arbovirus Diagnosis Laboratory Network of the Americas began as the Dengue Laboratory Network of the Americas, which was created in 2008 with the objective to strengthen scientific and technical capabilities, and establish a standardized laboratory protocol for dengue diagnosis. It included a framework for action in the countries to introduce a regional research agenda and quality management system in network laboratories, and integrate the available scientific and technical capabilities in the Region to ensure a timely response to dengue outbreaks and epidemics and regional contingencies.  

Due to the current epidemiological situation in the Americas, for example with the introduction of chikungunya since 2013 and zika since 2014-2015, and the continuous challenge of dengue, west Nile, yellow fever, and other arboviruses, the dengue network needs to expand to address the new challenges represented by these arboviruses and others that may be imported or emerge in the future. This new change in the laboratory network has been developed to address the introduction and re-emergence of arboviral diseases such as chikungunya, zika, and West Nile virus that along with dengue are currently co-circulating the Region, and to provide timely response to future outbreaks.

  • Design, validate, and standardize laboratory algorithms for the diagnosis and surveillance of arboviral diseases. 
  • Promote regional evaluation and standardization of reagents and protocols as well as the validation of commercial kits, at national and regional level. 
  • Strength training of human resources from national reference laboratories 
  • Implement a research agenda based on the priority areas identified.  
  • Implement quality assurance system in national laboratories as well as in countries networks.  
  • Integrate all available scientific and technical capabilities in the Region to facilitate a timely response during outbreaks or epidemics and contingencies due to a newly or re-emerging arboviruses.

Guides and Guidelines - RELDA

Protocols - RELDA

Publications and Resolutions - RELDA

Publications 

 Resolutions 

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Argentina

Name of the Laboratory: Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Virales Humanas (INEVH)
Address: Monteagudo 2510, 2700 - Pergamino, Argentina.
Contact: Dra. Maria Alejandra Morales
Director of INEVH: Dra. Delia Enria

Bolivia

Name of Laboratory: Centro Nacional de Enfermedades Tropicales (CENETROP)
Address: Av 26 de Febrero Esq. Av Centenario, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Contact: Roxana Loayza
Director of CENETROP: Dra. Yelin Roca Sanchez


Brazil

Para, Brazil:
Name of Laboratory: Instituto Evandro Chagas
Address: Rodovia BR-316 km 7 s/n - Levilândia - 67030-000 - Ananindeua, Pará, Brasil
Contact: Dr. Pedro Vasconcelos


Recife, Brazil

Name of the Laboratory: Fiocruz - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
Address: Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães, Av. Moraes Rego S/N, Campus da UFPE, Cidade Universitária, Recife-PE, Brasil, CEP: 50740-465
Contact: Dr Rafael Freitas de Oliveira França


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Name of the Laboratory: Fiocruz - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
Address: Av. Brasil - 4365 Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro - Brasil CEP 22061-040 (Pav. Helio & Peggy Pereira - 1 andar)
Contact: Dra. Ana Bispo de Filippis


Paraná, Brazil

Name of the Laboratory: Fiocruz - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Carlos Chagas Institute)
Address: Rua Professor Algacyr Munhoz Mader 3.775 - CIC, Curitiba, PR, CEP 81.350-010 (Tecpar campus)
Contact: Dra Claudia Dos Santos


São Paulo, Brazil

Name of the Laboratory: Instituto Adolfo Lutz
Address: Núcleo de Doenças de Transmissão Vetorial, Centro de Virologia - Instituto Adolfo Lutz, Av.Dr.Arnaldo 355, São Paulo,SP, Brasil, CEP: 01246-000
Contact: Dr. Renato Pereira de Souza (Investigador Científico V, Director Técnico)


Chile

Name of the Laboratory: Instituto de Salud Publica (ISP)
Address: Av. Marathon 1000, Ñuñoa, Santiago, Casilla 48 Correo Central, Código Postal 7780050
Contact: Sr. Elizar Villagra


Colombia

Name of the Laboratory: Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS)
Address: Avenida calle 26 No. 51-20 - Zona 6 CAN. Bogotá, D.C
Contact: Lissethe Carolina Pardo Herrera


Costa Rica

Name of the Laboratory: Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud (INCIENSA)
Address: Apartado 4-2250, Tres Ríos, Cartago, Costa Rica
Contact: Dra. Elizabeth Saenz


Cuba

Name of the Laboratory: Instituto Pedro Kourí (IPK)
Address: Autopista Novia del Mediodía, KM 6 1/2, La Lisa, La Habana, 11400, Cuba
Contact: Dra. Maria Guadalupe Guzman
General Director: Dr. Jorge Pérez Avila


Dominican Republic

Name of Laboratory: Laboratorio de Virología del Laboratorio Nacional de Salud Pública Dr. Defilló (LNSPDD)
Address: Santo Tomas de Aquino 1, Cuidad Universitaria, Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana, Zip 10105
Contact: Raquel Pimentel


Ecuador

Name of Laboratory: Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Salud Pública (INSPI)
Address: Julián Coronel 905 entre Esmeraldas y José Mascote, Código postal 090514
Contact: Dra. Mary Regato


El Salvador

Name of Laboratory: Laboratorio Central Dr. Max Bloch
Address: Alameda Roosevelt, Edificio Max Bloch, contiguo a Hospital Rosales, San Salvador, El Salvador C.A.
Contact: Monica Barahona


Guatemala

Name of Laboratory: Laboratorio Nacional de Salud (LNS)
Adddress: Km. 22 carretera al Pacífico, Barcena, Villa Nueva, Guatemala C.A
Contact: Leticia Del Carmen Castillo Signor


Guayana Francesa

Name of Laboratory: Institute Pasteur
Address: 23 Avenue Pasteur, BP 6010, 97306 Cayenne Cedex
Contact: Dominique Rousset, MD, PhD


Haiti

Name of Laboratory: Laboratoire National de Santé Publique
Address: 2, rue Chardonnieres, Delmas 33, A cote de l'Hopital La Paix, Port au Prince, Haiti
Contact: Dr. Ito Journel


Honduras

Name of Laboratory: Laboratorio Nacional de Vigilancia de la Salud (LNVS)
Address: Colonia La Campaña, Primera entrada Contigua al portón de maternidad del Hospital General San Felipe, Tegucigalpa Honduras Centro América
Contact: Dra. Sofia Carolina Alvarado
Chief of the Virology Laboratory: Dra. Dina Jeaneth Castro


Jamaica

Name of the Laboratory: Arbovirus Laboratory, Department of Microbiology, University of West Indies
Address: The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies
Contact: Dr. Ivan Vickers


Mexico

Name of the Laboratory: Instituto de Diagnóstico y Referencia Epidemiológicos (InDRE)
Address: Francisco de P. Miranda #177, Col. Unidad Lomas de Plateros Deleg. Álvaro Obregón
Ciudad de México CP. 01480
Contact: Mauricio Vazquez Pichardo (Chief of the Arbovirus and Hemorragic Virus Laboratory); Belen Torres


Nicaragua

Name of the Laboratory: Centro Nacional de Diagnostico y Referencia, Departamento de Virología (CNDR)
Address: Costado Oeste Colonia Primero de Mayo. Managua, Nicaragua Sector Postal: 15AB, Apartado Postal:107
Contact: Dr. Angel Balmaseda


Panamá

Name of the Laboratory: Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud (ICGES)
Address: Avenida Justo Arosemena y Calle 35 Apartado Postal No. 0816-02593
Panamá, República de Panamá
Contact: Brechla Moreno


Paraguay

Name of the Laboratory: Laboratorio Central de Salud Pública (LCSP)
Address: Avenida Venezuela y Tte. Escurra, Asunción, Paraguay
Contact: Cynthia Vazquez

Perú

Name of the Laboratory: Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS)
Address: Av. Defensores del Morro 2268 (Ex Huaylas) Chorrillos, Lima 9
Contact: María Paquita García Mendoza


Puerto Rico, United States

Name of the Laboratory: CDC - Puerto Rico
Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dengue Branch, 1324 Calle Cañada, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00920-3860
Contact: Dr. Jorge Muñoz


Suriname

Name of the Laboratory: Academic Hospital Paramaribo
Address: Flustreet 1, Paramaribo, Suriname
Contact: Jimmy Roosblad


Trinidad and Tobago

Name of the Laboratory: Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
Address: 16-18 Jamaica Blvd, Federation Park, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Contact: Dra. Arlene Darmanie


Uruguay

Name of the Laboratory: Departamento de Laboratorio de Salud Pública (DLSP)
Address: Avda. Alfredo Navarro 3051, acceso Norte, CP 11600, Montevideo - Uruguay
Contact: Dr. Hector Chiparelli


Colorado, United States
Name of the Laboratory: CDC- Fort Collins
Address: Arbovirus Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 3150 Rampart Road (CSU Foothills Campus), Fort Collins, Colorado 80521
Contact: Dr. Robert Lanciotti
 

Venezuela
Nombre del Laboratorio: Instituto Nacional de Higiene Rafael Rangel (INHRR)
Dirección: Ciudad Universitaria UCV, Los Chaguaramos, Caracas, República Bolivariana de Venezuela. Cod. 1041.
Referente: Julio Zambrano