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The PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for the Study of Dengue and its Control based at the Institute of Tropical Medicine "Pedro Kourí" (ZIKAlliance and ZikaPLAN member), the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology, the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), and PAHO/WHO have held the 16th International Course on Dengue, Zika and Other Emergent Arboviruses on 12–23 August 2019. This activity was organized in the framework of the 500th Anniversary of the "Villa San Cristobal de la Habana".

The course represented an opportunity to review and update the regional and global epidemiological situation of Dengue and Zika fevers. Additional sessions and discussions focused on clinical management, vector control, scientific advances in pathogenesis, vaccines and antiviral development.

The Institute of Tropical Medicine "Pedro Kourí" (IPK) is a partner of the ZIKAlliance consortium. This important and fruitful collaboration was illustrated by several presentations dedicated to the ZIKAlliance project, in which the first results of the ongoing ZIKAlliance Cuban pregnant women and children cohorts were also discussed. Prof. de Lamballerie chaired several scientific sessions and gave presentations about flavivirus reverse genetics and the neurological presentations of dengue.

Picture: Prof. Maria Guzmán (IPK, organizer of the course) and Prof. de Lamballerie (ZIKAlliance coordinator) at the Institute of Tropical Medicine “Pedro Kourí”, la Habana, Cuba, August 2019.


ZIKAlliance project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement N.734548.