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Introduction

Dengue viruses (DENV) are the most important human arboviral pathogens. They are the cause of dengue fever, an arthropod-borne viral infection which affects people all over the world. In many Latin America countries all four DENV serotypes are actively circulating. In tropical and subtropical regions in the Americas, dengue is considered among the most serious health problems; moreover, demographic changes, rapid urbanization, and global travel have contributed to the spread of the virus to new geographic regions.

Our goals for this year’s meeting include:

  • Provide an update on the status of dengue and relevant flaviviruses currently impacting public health in the Americas (Zika, chikungunya and others)
  • Present the most recent research from the Americas on virology, immunology, pathogenesis, control and prevention, economic impact, treatment and vaccines, clinical studies of dengue and other relevant flaviviruses and their co-morbidities
  • Provide information on funding opportunities to study dengue and other relevant flaviviruses in developing countries

Galveston Island is recognized worldwide for its health care and medical research advances. Island residents have the peace of mind of knowing that the most advanced health care technologies and the best-trained medical staffs are easily accessible. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is a major academic health center dedicated to improving the lives of others through health sciences education, clinical care and biomedical research. Opened in 1891, UTMB combines a rich history of service with a forward-thinking spirit to define the future of health care nationally and internationally. UTMB is also home to the Galveston National Laboratory, the first national lab of any kind in Texas and one of only two national biocontainment labs for the safe study of infectious threats to human health.

Source for Galveston/UTMB history: Galveston.com & Co.

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