Capacité du système national de surveillance de la grippe en Afghanistan, une situation de conflit chronique

Translated title of the contribution: Capacity of the national influenza surveillance system in Afghanistan, a chronic conflict setting

M. H. Rasooly, M. N. Sahak, K. I. Saeed, S. K. Krishnan, W. Khan, S. Hassounah

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Abstract

Influenza surveillance is needed to monitor potential public health threats from the emergence of novel influenza viruses. This study assessed the capacity and performance of the national influenza surveillance system in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2014. Data were collected by review of hospital registers and the National Influenza Centre (NIC) database, interviews with influenza focal points at 9 influenza sentinel surveillance sites and the Centre staff, and observation of the sites. Out of 6900 specimens collected, influenza virus was detected in 253 (3.6%), predominantly H1N1 (63%); most of these cases were detected during the 2009 pandemic. The NIC had the capacity for virus isolation and PCR identification and performed reasonably until 2011 when support of the Naval American Medical Research Unit 3 was withdrawn. The limitations identified in the system indicated the need for: more complete data, improved technical competence and trained human resources, updating of the infrastructure/facilities, and the presence of standard operating procedures throughout surveillance.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)476-482
Number of pages7
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Volume22
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Rasooly, M. H., Sahak, M. N., Saeed, K. I., Krishnan, S. K., Khan, W., & Hassounah, S. (2016). Capacité du système national de surveillance de la grippe en Afghanistan, une situation de conflit chronique. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 22(7), 476-482.