On 28-29 May 2019, The Institut Pasteur of Shanghai with support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Yunnan government, the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN) and the Mérieux Foundation has organized a Scientific Symposium on Outbreak Preparedness and Readiness in the Mekong Region, in KunMing (China).

The collaboration between the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IPS-CAS), the Yunnan Institute of Parasitic Diseases (YIPD) and the KunMing Institute of Zoology (KIZ) to organize the event demonstrates the global/One Health approach to forge a stronger research capabilities and platform.

This symposium aimed to build connections among scientists of South East Asia to provide the clearest picture on the current situation and challenges ahead to enhance the prevention and control of infectious diseases in the context of tremendous economic development and its related change of ecosystems.

Philippe Dussart, Head of the Virology Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia (IPC), made a presentation on the Cambodian component of ECOMORE project, entitled “Impact of vector control intervention in schools on reduction of dengue transmission in the community” to show the preliminary results of a study on dengue seroconversion in children correlated with implementation of an innovative strategy for vector control in schools.

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