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Jiménez: Venezuela is a country free of avian influenza

Venezuelan scientists carry out monitoring work to prevent the spread of viruses and monitor changes in the genetic code of their variants

Venezuela currently has important scientific capabilities for the surveillance of microorganisms related to zoonoses, as highlighted by the sectoral vice president of Science, Technology, Education and Health, Gabriela Jiménez Ramírez.

Jiménez assures that thanks to IVIC, Venezuela is a country free of Avian Influenza. “Our country is one step ahead when it comes to issuing early warnings regarding H5N1 and H5N2 avian influenza.”

The term refers to infectious diseases transmitted from animal to human, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are more than 200 types.

Through genomic surveillance, Venezuelan scientists carry out monitoring tasks to prevent the spread of viruses and monitor changes in the genetic code of their variants.

Dangerous evolution

In her account on the social network "This virus is found in humans."

In her publication, Gabriela Jiménez Ramírez quotes the head of the Molecular Virology Laboratory of the Center for Microbiology and Cellular Biology of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Dr. Flor Pujol, who highlights the work carried out by the entity since 2022, when an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza began to be recorded, especially in pelicans, on the Pacific coast in South America and in other parts of the world.

Additionally, the minister indicated that Venezuela was one step ahead of the problem by issuing the corresponding early warnings, and cases began to be detected, which began in November 2022 until early 2023. At the same time, she noted that the cases were completely isolated and that currently “Venezuela is today a country free of Avian Influenza.”

On the other hand, Jiménez said that the Institute of Hygiene, the IVIC and the National Institute of Comprehensive Agricultural Health (INSAI), the body responsible for Animal Health, work together on surveillance and virus studies.

Like this type of project that Dr. Pujol carries out, there are many others within the country's research centers that provide solutions for the population following instructions from the Bolivarian Government.

"Dr. Flor Pujol is an outstanding woman dedicated to Science for Life, we congratulate her effort and dedication," said sector vice president Gabriela Jiménez Ramírez.

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