WHO Meeting to Launch Phase-2 of the RSV Surveillance Pilot based on the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS)

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a leading viral cause of acute, sometimes fatal lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children. RSV surveillance will provide the evidence-base on seasonality, disease burden, and risk groups to guide immunization practices once the RSV vaccine becomes available.
For this purpose, World Health Organization (WHO) organized a meeting to Launch Phase-2 of the RSV Surveillance Pilot based on the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) from10-12 April 2019 at Kathmandu, Nepal.
Dr. Tayyab Razzi Rathore and Mr. Abdul Ahad from National Institute of Health (NIH) Pakistan, participated in the meeting. They jointly delivered a talk on Influenza sentinel sites profile, on going sampling strategy for testing, RSV related previous publications, Data related, EPI and Lab related challenges were presented and finally way forward with proposed ideas for RSV surveillance in the context of current NIH Influenza surveillance and lab system.