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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

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FARINAS REINOSO, Ana Teresa et al. Evaluation of cholera microbiological surveillance. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.1, pp.3-20. ISSN 0864-2125.

Background: cholera is an infectious disease, so for more than 40 years it has been under surveillance in Cuba. The reason for monitoring cholera in Cuba is to obtain information, processing, analysis, and development of recommendations for appropriate action. Objective: to evaluate cholera microbiological surveillance in Havana Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology. Method: a descriptive cross-sectional study of tactical assessment was conducted from October to 1st November I8th, 20I2. The universe was formed by vice-direction of Hygiene and Epidemiology and vice-direction of Microbiology with its 22 laboratories. A non-random sample of convenience was chosen. it was composed of the head of the department of the unit for analysis and health trends, the program chief for controlling digestive transmission disease, the deputy director of microbiology and the staff who was present in water laboratories and Enterobacteriaceae. A rapid assessment methodology proposed by Dr. Farinas was applied, visiting the provincial microbiology laboratory over a period of 2 days. Results: existing gaps were identified between what was primarily instructed for a suspected or confirmed case of cholera by the microbiology laboratory and what actually was taking place. Conclusions: cholera microbiological surveillance actions were evaluated fairly useful in Havana Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology, as reasonably sufficient structure, good enough process, and satisfactory impact.

Keywords : evaluation; monitoring systems; severe acute diarrheal disease control program; cholera.

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