About UNITEDengue

UNITEDengue is the acronym for UNited In Tackling Epidemic Dengue (UNITEDengue), a network for cross border sharing of dengue surveillance information and knowledge on dengue control.

Key Thrusts of UNITEDengue

  • Cross-border case and virological dengue surveillance to allow timely sensing of dengue situation in the Asia-Pacific region

  • Regional capacity-building and strengthening for dengue viral and entomological surveillance

  • Regional capacity-building and strengthening for dengue control

Current members of UNITEDengue

UNITEDengue was jointly founded by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, Environmental Health Institute, National Environment Agency, Singapore and Universitas Andalas, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam are other ASEAN members. In addition, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka and King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan are also the members of UNITEDengue.

Who can join?

National or State Health Ministries/Departments, Universities and Research Institutions at the forefront of dengue surveillance. Membership is free but is restricted to institutions only.

Members should be committed to:

  • the setting up of a local surveillance system and contribution of data to UNITEDengue

  • the facilitation and development of a mutually beneficial cooperation for dengue control

What can members expect?

Members will be invited to nominate staff to participate in training courses, seminars and conferences on dengue virus surveillance and vector control.

Members who become our working partner in virus serotype and genotype surveillance network, will be given a one-year access to the UNITEDengue portal. This would enable them to contribute data for sharing with fellow partners.

What can members expect to see in UNITEDengue web portal?

  • Up-to-date disease incidence. Members can perform temporal and spatial analysis on disease incidence. Graphical analysis on the incidence of DF and DHF, proportion of circulating serotypes and information on emerging dengue genotypes can be performed.

  • Virus surveillance information. Members can deposit dengue virus nucleotide sequences, perform sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis of the dengue virus envelope (E) protein gene. Sequence data can be uploaded for online analyses such as BLAST, sequence alignment and phylogenetics construction.

  • Lucid key for mosquito identification. Members can perform identification of Aedes mosquito at the larva and adult stage, using an innovative key developed by the Environmental Health Institute.



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