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In the last decades, dengue emergence has been preceded by the geographical spread of the vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, a fact favored by changes in population, the climate, the society, migrations, among others. These changes have also fostered the emergence of other arbovirus infections, such as chikungunya and zika, as well as the re-emergence of yellow fever. This simultaneous circulation of several arboviruses throughout the same geographical region poses new challenges for the public health worldwide.

The PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Dengue Study and Control of Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology, the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Cuba, the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), among other institutions and organization, are pleased to announce the 16th edition of the International Course on Dengue, for this time confronting the challenge of zika and chikungunya co-circulation and the continuous challenge of yellow fever. The Course will be celebrated August 12-23, 2019 in the facilities of Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine in Havana, Cuba. For this occasion, it will be dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the village of San Cristóbal de La Habana.

During the course, which will last for two weeks and with the participation of prestigious national and international professors, the epidemiological situation worldwide will be updated regarding the main arbovirus infections, their human medical relevance, clinical behavior, laboratory diagnosis, vaccine and antiviral development, the new control tools, surveillance, response to emergences, the influence of climate change, and the new international initiatives to lessen their effects.

Objective of the Course

The objective of the Course is for physicians, virologists, immunologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, entomologists, health administrative personnel, among others interested in the topic, to participate and debate, together with professors from prestigious national and international institutions, the most relevant aspects about dengue and other current emerging arbovirus infections, such as zika, chikungunya and yellow fever, all of them transmitted by Aedes Aegypti.