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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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PALACIOS-SALVATIERRA, Rosa et al. Laboratory platform for monitoring SARS-CoV-2 based on surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in Peru. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2022, vol.39, n.1, pp.104-110.  Epub Mar 31, 2022. ISSN 1726-4634.

In Peru, the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the usefulness of having a structured laboratory surveillance system that has been operational for 22 years, based on influenza surveillance; initially in the form of sentinel units, and later strengthened and innovated, with its own resources and with external support, to provide quality information. Biotechnological advances have been implemented for diagnostic confirmation and the capacity of the national laboratory network has been expanded, maintaining efficiency, considering the diverse and complex realities of each region, and overcoming difficulties regarding communication and articulation between institutions. It is necessary to consolidate this system, with collaborative and coordinated work between its components, boosting its effectiveness and timeliness and promoting genomic surveillance of new viruses and variants, as is currently the case with SARS-CoV-2.

Keywords : Public Health Surveillance; Health Surveillance; Epidemiologic Surveillance Services; Epidemiological Monitoring; Influenza A virus; Influenza B virus; Molecular Diagnostic Techniques; COVID-19 Testing; Public Health Laboratory Services; National Health Systems.

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