The Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance or MECIDS seeks to advance the capabilities for early infectious disease detection, control and response between its member countries of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territory, with plans to expand the network to all countries in the region. Our primary health concerns are food-borne illnesses, avian influenza and Leishmaniasis, a disabling and disfiguring disease.
We offer training courses and workshops for multinational health workers from the region and promote our website as a platform for informing others about new disease outbreaks and reporting on avian influenza via a secure area. Our vision is long term health, stability and security in the region.
Food-borne Epidemics, laboratory-based surveillance for food-borne diseases.
Most food-borne infections cause diarrheal illness. We began to explore these cases with systematic laboratory based surveillance for Salmonella and Shigella and in the near future we will be looking into E.Coli, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium and Noroviruses. Our partners on this project include the Israeli Ministry of Health in partnership with Tel Aviv University, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in partnership with Al Quds University and the Jordanian Ministry of Health in partnership with the Royal Scientific Society.
Our objectives include:
- Providing baseline information against which clusters of disease can be identified
- Obtaining information on the cause of the disease and on the phenotypic and genotypic characterization of the recovered agents
- Linking laboratory data with variables related to the subjects
- Identifying the source and mode of transmission of the epidemic agent
For more information on our vital work visit our website