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CDC’s Global Flu Work Detailed in New Annual Report

A nurse in India collects a sample from a young boy’s nose as part of a house-to-house surveillance study on influenza vaccine.
A nurse collects a sample from a young boy's nose as part of a house-to-house surveillance study on influenza vaccine. India [787 KB, 2 pages].

The latest report on CDC's international flu activities released Tuesday highlights the progress that has been made over the past two fiscal years in establishing, expanding and maintaining influenza surveillance and laboratory capacity in more than 50 countries [607 KB, 3 pages] around the world where CDC has provided support.

The report covers fiscal years 2012 and 2013, detailing progress country by country with regard to milestone improvements that have been made to surveillance systems, laboratory capacity and networks, and preparedness planning. The report also draws attention to key partners and gives an insider’s perspective on work being done via photographs taken by in-country staff.

Overall, the report illustrates the growing international capacity to track seasonal influenza activity and to quickly respond to emerging flu- and non-flu viruses such as influenza A (H7N9) and MERS-CoV. Much of this progress has been due to strategic support [1 MB, 3 pages] from CDC over the past decade.

The Influenza Division International Activities Fiscal Year 2012 & 2013 Annual Report is a collaborative effort by CDC staff and partners stationed all over the world, and is available in multiple web-based formats. Visit Influenza Division International Program and use the ‘By Region’ option to view an interactive version of the report. At the top of the page, there’s an option to download a complete PDF [16 MB, 268 pages] and section-specific PDFs. Past reports also are available for downloading.


During training, staff at a sentinel site learn the protocol for collecting a respiratory specimen. Democratic Republic of Congo.
During training, staff at a sentinel site learn the protocol for collecting a respiratory specimen. Democratic Republic of Congo [1.2 MB, 2 pages].


A surveillance officer records temperatures and collects samples during an outbreak of acute respiratory illness. Afghanistan.
A surveillance officer records temperatures and collects samples during an outbreak of acute respiratory illness. Afghanistan [766 KB, 2 pages].


Outbreak investigation team members conduct interviews of family members in a household affected by H5N1. Cambodia.
Outbreak investigation team members conduct interviews of family members in a household affected by H5N1. Cambodia [816 KB, 2 pages].

 

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