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BIDS Projects

BIDS funding recipients are primarily health jurisdictions encompassing sister cities in the 10 U.S.-Mexico border states. CDC awards funding to BIDS sites throughout the border region (predominately state and local health departments, including offices of border health) that implement projects based on local and program goals.

BIDS in Arizona

Arizona has one BIDS site, operated by the Arizona Department of Health Services' Office of Border Health and includes the following partners:

  • Pima County Health Department
  • Santa Cruz Health Department
  • Sonora Secretaria de Salud
  • Tohono O'odham Department of Health and Human Services
  • Yuma County Public Health Department

Examples of Arizona site projects:

  • Severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) surveillance
  • Binational case reporting
  • Coccidioidomycosis surveillance and provider education
  • Surveillance for influenza and influenza-like Illness (ILI)

BIDS in California

California BIDS Partners:

Examples of California site projects:

  • Binational case reporting
  • Coccidioidomycosis surveillance, testing, and training
  • Enhanced surveillance for antibiotic-resistant Salmonella and Shigella
  • Enhanced surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI)
  • Surveillance for influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI)

BIDS in New Mexico

New Mexico BIDS Partners:

  • New Mexico Office of Border Health
  • New Mexico Department of Health Epidemiology and Response Division: Infectious Disease Epidemiology Bureau
  • New Mexico Department of Health Public Health Division: Southwest Region

Examples of New Mexico site projects:

  • Binational case reporting
  • Binational “Four Corners” Cocci Project
  • Border Influenza Surveillance Network
  • Border Epidemiology Surveillance team (BEST) leadership
  • Dissemination and implementation of Technical Guidelines for U.S.-Mexico Coordination on Public Health Events of Mutual Interest

BIDS in Texas

BIDS currently has no sites operating in Texas, but BIDS partners in Texas include:

  • Cameron County Health Department
  • El Paso County Health Department
  • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Office of Border Health
    • DSHS Service Regions 9/10 (El Paso)
    • DSHS Service Regions 11 (Harlingen)
  • Webb County Health Department

Examples of Texas site projects:

  • Binational case reporting
  • Coccidioidomycosis surveillance
  • Surveillance for influenza and Influenza-like Illness (ILI)
  • West Nile virus and dengue surveillance

BIDS in Mexico

Collaboration with Mexico is crucial for the exchange of information about infectious diseases occurring along the United States-Mexico border and among people moving between both countries. CDC and BIDS partners collaborate with Mexican partners at the local, state, and federal level.

BIDS sites were initially established in parallel with sites in U.S. sister cities in Tijuana, Baja California, Nogales, Sonora, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Sites then expanded to Mexicali, Baja California. BIDS later added collaborative sentinel surveillance activities with Mexico on influenza and West Nile virus.

The Mexico Secretariat of Health developed new surveillance paradigms after the influenza A H1N1 pandemic in 2009, though the original sentinel sites in Mexico are not operating at this time. Binational strategic planning and meetings to define protocols consistent with Mexico’s new surveillance paradigms, the International Health Regulations, and the U.S.-Mexico Guidelines will be under way in the near future.

Mexico BIDS Partners:

Examples of BIDS site projects in Mexico:

  • Enhanced surveillance for and diagnosis and treatment of brucellosis through developing laboratory capacity in disease-endemic regions of Mexico
  • Laboratory training
    • Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (bionumerics)
    • DNA sequencing and analysis of nucleotide sequencing of hepatitis viruses
  • Molecular epidemiology of rabies in Mexico
  • Pilot surveillance of coccioidomycosis in Sonora and Chihuahua
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