February 4, 2016 |Report from the Regional SE Asia Meeting on Dengue Forecasting

On January 26, over 30 representatives from ten Southeast Asian countries convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to review the status of disease forecasting based on climate and epidemiological data, in particular dengue, given the current strong El NiƱo season. During discussions, some countries reported high dengue transmission at the close of 2015 with the potential of a large 2016 outbreak while interventions will be implemented country-by-country. Every country is already doing some type of epidemic risk forecasting, ranging from qualitative to highly quantitative models. Regional initiatives are ongoing to improve the political and technical framework for data sharing and the University of Pittsburgh is planning to play a significant catalytic role in this process.

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