PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: SURVEILLANCE FOR EMERGING AVIAN INFLUENZA VIRUSES IN VIETNAM
NAMRU-2’s mission is to monitor and characterize emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of military and public health importance and to develop mitigation strategies against these threats in partnership with the host nation, international, and U.S. agencies in Southeast Asia. To accomplish their mission, NAMRU-2 contracted Vysnova Partners for management, administration, and labor for the operations and field research.
The main objective of the study is to evaluate and establish novel and sustainable zoonotic influenza surveillance techniques in rural provinces of northern Vietnam where there is active poultry trading along the borders of northern Vietnam with China.
Avian influenza (AI), or bird flu, is a variety of influenza caused by viruses that usually infect only birds. However, AI viruses can evolve to gain enough virulence to cross the animal-human divide to infect people and cause pandemics, as shown in the 1997 H5N1 AI virus outbreak in Hong Kong which soon became widely spread among poultry in China. H5N1 virus eventually crossed the border into Vietnam, which quickly became enzootic among Vietnam’s aquatic birds and poultry.
Vysnova shall conduct NAMRU-2 Surveillance for Emerging Avian Influenza Viruses in Vietnam to expand the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) capability to diagnose priority pathogens. Vysnova shall provide managerial, supervisory, administrative, and logistical support to execute the protocol. In addition, Vysnova shall provide the necessary personnel, materials, equipment, consumables, facilities, licenses – and all other direct and indirect costs associated with this project.
Vysnova’s mission is to establish timely and accurate surveillance of H7N9 AI viruses through the novel and sustainable techniques, which will allow informed and targeted interventions to prevent the spread of AI viruses across this border.