Washington, DC, February 29, 2016—Renowned researchers from key institutions will discuss needs in developing a research agenda on the Zika virus outbreak and its implications, at a special meeting at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) March 1-2, 2016.

They plan to identify current gaps in scientific knowledge of Zika virus, its impact on humans, and its public health implications for the Americas. They also plan to look at the mosquito vector of Zika virus and what vector controls tools are working against Aedes aegypti mosquitos. Key sessions include overviews of the Zika situation.

PAHO is bringing in participants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States; the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, known as Fiocruz and the Evandro Chagas Institute, Brazil; the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom; the Institute Pasteur in Paris, Dakar and Cayenne; and the Institute Pedro Kouri in Cuba. Other researchers and experts are attending from Institute Julio Maiztegui from Argentina, National Health Institute of Colombia, Public Health Agency Canada, National Public Health Institute of Mexico and the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) of Mexico, University of West Indies, Gorgas Institute from Panama, as well as from France, and French Polynesia.

The aim of the sessions is to discuss and resolve, where possible, issues including coordination and financing; networks; transversal programs; collaboration between academia and public health agencies; and reporting data and results.

A press briefing with key participants is planned at the conclusion of the meeting.

What: Briefing on Zika virus research at PAHO meeting

When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Time: 13:00 hs (Washington, DC Time)

Where: PAHO HQs, Room B, 525 23rd St., NW, Washington, DC
(Corner 23rd St. & Virginia Ave)

How: Briefing will be in person

Live through livestream: (please copy and paste this link on a new browser)

English: www.livestream.com/paho
Spanish: www.livestream.com/ops

Call-in (floor sound, questions by email or livestream chat only)

Call 5 minutes before 13:00 hs. (Washington, DC time)

Telephone: + 1 202 974-3075
Meeting ID: 1234

Qs & As After the presentation

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Links

Zika/microcephaly

Microcephaly

Countries and territories with Zika autochthonous transmission in the Americas

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