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Volume 22, Number 6—June 2016

Improved Global Capacity for Influenza Surveillance

Lauren S. PolanskyComments to Author , Sajata Outin-Blenman, and Ann C. Moen
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 3

Most commonly reported ways that 35 countries used CDC program support to strengthen their ability to report national virologic data to WHO FluNet on a weekly basis, by rank order*

Methods used
1. Establishing reverse transcription PCR capabilities
2. Enhancing electronic database management (i.e., computer, internet, database, software, Web site)
3. Training database managers, laboratory managers, and laboratory diagnostic technicians
4. Developing a standardized weekly national report with indicators
5. Establishing a laboratory focal person to liaise with the sentinel network

*A total of 39 countries partnered with CDC for influenza surveillance capacity strengthening during different years; 35 countries responded to a 2013 questionnaire and are included in this analysis. CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; WHO, World Health Organization.

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