PAHO/CaribVET Caribbean Regional Workshop on Rabies Surveillance, 20th -21st 2017, Trinidad
In light of the lack of surveillance data in many Caribbean countries, the rabies status of bat populations in non-endemic rabies countries can be challenged. As such rabies surveillance guidelines for bat populations need to be developed particularly for countries that are non-endemic for the rabies virus. Therefore, PAHO/PANAFTOSA and the CaribVET Veterinary Public Health working group (Rabies Subgroup) proposed to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a workshop to develop rabies surveillance guidelines for bat populations in the Caribbean region.
The fundamental objectives of this workshop are:
- To provide information on the recently developed WHO rabies risk classification system and the SIRVERA platform for the reporting of rabies cases
- To develop surveillance guidelines for sylvatic (bat) rabies in non-endemic countries in the Caribbean
- To train attendees on rabies surveillance methods including passive surveillance models
- To present, discuss and validate a bat rabies ecological risk map for the Caribbean
- To identify rabies diagnostic laboratories that can provide diagnostic support for surveillance in countries that currently do not have the capacity to conduct rabies laboratory testing.
- To develop a road-map towards the establishment of a regional rabies reference laboratory for the Caribbean.
The expected outcomes of this workshop are:
- Documented surveillance guidelines for rabies surveillance in bat populations within non-endemic rabies countries.
- Improved rabies surveillance in bat populations within the Caribbean.
- The establishment of the bat rabies status for Caribbean countries and eventual removal of “rabies-free” countries from the CDC’s travel health recommendations.
- The establishment of at least one Regional Rabies Reference Laboratory in the Caribbean.
Facilitators will be provided by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PAHO/PANAFTOSA and the Wistar Institute, a WHO Collaborating Centre on rabies.