FDA Team Expert in Norovirus Supports the ISP with Methodologies for the Detection of the Virus
Within the framework for scientific assistance and collaboration (04.28.2010)
A delegation from the U.S. FDA is working with experts from the Instituto de Salud Pública de Chile (ISP) (Public Health Institute of Chile), within the framework for scientific assistance and collaboration between the governments and the organizations dedicated to public health, in improving methodologies for the detection of Norovirus in water and food.
The FDA team, led by Dr. William Burkhhardt III, Ph.D, along with experts from the ISP, travelled to the city of Antofagasta to collect samples of water and food for their analyses. Dr. Ana María Osorio, an epidemiologist and Regional Deputy Director for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Chile, accompanied the delegation to lend her support in the evaluation of the clinical cases.
This research on the analysis of Norovirus is being conducted by the ISP and the Regional Ministry of Health (Secretaría Regional Ministerial de Salud - Seremi) of Antofagasta, with the FDA providing technical support. The report from this work will be submitted by the ISP to the appropriate authorities.
The Director of the Instituto de Salud Pública, Ingrid Heitmann, noted the importance of coordinating efforts to protect the health of people, emphasizing that these kinds of initiatives are oriented towards improving the analysis methodologies and practices of laboratories.
Today, Dr. Burkhhardt gave a conference called “Ecology, Transmission, and Control of Norovirus” to explain the characteristics of the virus and means of transmission.
In the photograph, the attendants to the lecture (from left to right) Dr. Ana María Osorio, from the Seremi of the Metropolitan Region, Dr. Jorge Szot, Dr. Ingrid Heitmann, and Dr. William Burkhhardt.