Improve detection of influenza and other respiratory viruses

In Cuba, respiratory illness is the most common reason for doctor visits among all age groups, and seasonal respiratory infection is an important cause of hospitalization and excess mortality in the winter months. Acute respiratory tract infections can be caused by several pathogens, and the clinical presentation of persons with different viral infections can be similar, making diagnosis difficult. 

With IANPHI seed grant support, the NPHI will strengthen virologic diagnosis for surveillance of influenza and other respiratory infections. Enhanced diagnostic capacity will improve monitoring of circulating respiratory viruses in Cuba and improve detection and prevention efforts. 

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