On the 30.06.2017 in Belchin Banya, Bulgaria was held the annual meeting of human and veterinarian experts on influenza preparedness within the project “Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza”, funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and executed by “Southeast European Centre for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases”.
There were participants from Ministry of Health, Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, Regional Health Inspectorates, National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases and Bulgarian Society for Innovative Medicine NGO.
Different topics were discussed as follows:
- Recommendations of WHO and ECDC for the revision of national pandemic plans as well as the review of Bulgarian pandemic plan and its planning update.
- Case-based surveillance of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) - model testing and results
- Concept of the new tetravalent influenza vaccine development which aims to increase the effectiveness of the influenza prophylaxis
- Zoonotic influenza situation among domestic and wild birds in the 2015/2016 season focusing on the most affected species, the main reasons for avian influenza spreading in Bulgaria and implemented control measures from the Bulgarian food safety agency and veterinarian services
Discussions covered different topics concerning highly contagious diseases among human and animals and existing financial and administrative problems for timely reactions and response. There was an exchange of views regarding the ongoing update of the National Pandemic Preparedness Plan.
The participants agreed on the importance of regular high level expert meetings of executive officers from the Food Safety Agency and the Public Health institutions.