Correction: MMWR News Synopsis for January 30, 2014Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 01/30/2014 04:12 PM EST
Corrected MMWR summary:
2. Rapidly Building Global Health Security Capacity — Uganda Demonstration Project, 2013
By leveraging the existing health system capacity and enhancing laboratory and information systems through an improved Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Uganda strengthened its surveillance and response capabilities and is closer to meeting WHO requirements under the International Health Regulations (IHR). Since completing a global health security demonstration project in collaboration with CDC, Uganda has used its increased ability to identify and report suspected cases of priority diseases and to transport samples for analysis from remote locations. Analysis of samples has led to early detection of several disease threats including: West Nile virus, Zika virus, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus, hepatitis E virus, Neisseria meningitides infection and tuberculosis (TB). Uganda also activated its improved EOC during a mass gathering for solar eclipse and to support international airport screening for illness consistent with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection among people returning from the Hajj. Strengthening every country’s capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats early and effectively is a global responsibility. From March to September 2013, CDC and the Uganda Ministry of Health worked collaboratively to improve the country’s disease detection and response capacity for priority infectious diseases that occur in Uganda, such as TB (including multi-drug resistant TB), cholera, and viral hemorrhagic fever caused by Ebola virus. The demonstration project strengthened Uganda’s public health laboratory system; enhanced communications and information systems for outbreak response; and developed a public health EOC – all essential elements for protecting global health security.