Dec 13, 2017, 3:02 PM
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WHO representatives visiting Iran's Chabahar

Zahedan, Dec 13, IRNA – The envoys of World Health Organization (WHO) with a team of Iran's Health Ministry are visiting Chabahar to the country's southeastern part to conduct entomological surveillance for assessing the Aedes-borne diseases in Sistan-Baluchestan Province

Zahedan University of Medical Sciences Deputy Chancellor Mehdi Tabatabaie on Wednesday told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that Dr. Raman Velayudhan, the representative of WHO and the visiting delegation will assess the Entomological surveillance in Chabahar and the neighboring regions.

He also emphasized the importance of studying emerging and re-emerging diseases, the threat of transmission and outbreak of Aedes-borne diseases, and the necessity of controlling them, particularly in border regions and crossings in the province.

Aedes aegypti is a known vector of several viruses including yellow fever virus, dengue virus chikungunya virus and Zika virus.

Velayudhan, coordinator of WHO Vector Ecology and Management (VEM), said that holding training for the involved medical personnel based on need assessment, and using local methodologies in Aedes surveillance, special care in border regions and entrances like airports, ports, border markets, describing and categorizing the bionomis of Aedes and Anopheles and the differences in their surveillance and control programs will play an effective role in Aedes entomological surveillance.

Sistan-Baluchestan, home to 2 million people, is Iran's vastest province which shares border with Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Gulf of Oman. The location of the province is the main cause of outbreak of some contagious diseases.

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