The regional laboratories have improved diagnostic capacity for emerging and re-emerging diseases
The hand over meeting of laboratory equipment (PCR machines) was held at the Regional Diagnostic Treatment Center, Orkhon province on 19 January 2017. There were participated Head of Provincial Health Department and Governors of Orkhon and Darkhan Uul, Delegates from National Center for Communicable Diseases, Public Health Department of MoH, WHO Representative in Mongolia and Dr. Mina Nakauchi from National Institute of Infectious Diseases(NIID), Tokyo, Japan(Figure1).
The WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza, NIID, Tokyo, Japan
has provided two Real time PCR machines,PC computers, reagents and supplies with financial
support of Japanese Government(AMED project) to Orkhon and Darkhan provinces. Dr. Mina Nakauchi has installed the PCR machines and conducted skill training on multiplex rt RT LAMP assay using new machines for laboratory local staff above mentioned provinces(Figure 2;3). The Regional Laboratories with molecular detection capacity are will help to provide the results promptly to healthcare workers and public for managing patients and infectious diseases outbreak response activities.
Figure1. Participants of the meeting for hand over the real time PCR machines to provincial Virology Laboratory at Orkhon and Darkhan Uul. From left hand Dr. O. Ariuntuya, National Program Officer for Emergency Surveillance and Response at WHO Representative in Mongolia, M.Battuvshin, Head of Health Department of Orkhon province, A. Tuvshinjargal, Deputy Provincial Governor of Orkhon, Dr. Batsukh, Director of Regional Diagnosis Treatment Center(RDTC) in Orkhon, D.Gantsetseg, Head, Public Health Department, MoH, B.Battsengel, Head of Health Department, Darkhan Uul province, Dr. Mina Nakauchi, NIID, Tokyo, Japan, B.Byambaerdene, laboratory specialist of Darkhan and Dr. B Darmaa, Head Virology Laboratory, National Influenza Center, NCCD, Ulaanbaatar.
Influenza A(H3N2) viruses characterization circulating in Mongolia since November, 2016
From October 2016 to January 10 2017, the Virology Laboratory at NCCD in Ulaanbaatar, Orkhon, Darkhan Uul, Dornod and Khovd provinces were tested 1233 specimens from influenza sentinel sites of which 120(9.7%) were positive for influenza, influenza A(H3N2) and influenza B virus were 117(99.5%) and 3(0.5%), respectively (Figure 1). The RSV was predominated among the other respiratory viruses detected during reporting period.
Figure 1. Weekly numbers of specimens collected from influenza sentinel sites and positive rate for influenza and other respiratory viruses, Oct-Dec.2016.
We cordially invite you to the 16th National Conference “Current Topics of Virology” which will be held on September 07, 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia organized by the Mongolian Society of Virology, Mongolian Academy of Medical Science and other governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Please send your abstract by July 01, 2017 to B.Boldbaatar, Secretary of the Editorial Board by the mail addresses:
as attachments. The abstract has to be written in English and Mongolian in Times New Roman, 12 font within 200 words. In your e-mail message please indicate your desire for oral or poster presentation.
The Editorial Board of the Conference will contact you back by August 01, 2017 if your abstract will be selected for the oral presentation. The time allocated for the oral presentation is 10-15 minutes and it has to be accompanied by a slide presentation on PowerPoint (no more than 20 slides).
Please contact for further information of the Conference:
The secretary of the Conference Organizing Committee Dr (Mrs) B.Darmaa, MD, PhD, (mobile 9975-4824;
) and secretary of the Mongolian Society of Virology
Dr (Ms) G.Nyamaa (mobile 88703888;
Registration fee: 100 USD;
Bank name: Khan Bank account number:
Recipent: Mongolian Society of Virology
SWIFT code: AGMOMNUB
Sponsors are welcoming. Except free spaces for display of your services and products in the Lobby of the Conference Hall we will award the following prizes for sponsors:
“Diamond Prize” for the sponsors offering more than 3,000,000.00 tugriks,
“Gold Prize” for the sponsors offering 1,000,000.00 to 3,000,000.00 tugriks,
“Silver Prize” for the sponsors offering upto 1,000,000.00 tugriks.
Characterization of influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses circulating in Mongolia
The Virology Laboratory, National Influenza Center(NIC), National Center for Communicable Diseases, MoH, Mongolia has received 2426 samples from sentinel surveillance sites 17 provinces and Ulaanbaatar city since start of 2015/2016 influenza season(week 40) until 7th week of 2016. The laboratory has tested all specimens by rt-RT-PCR, of which 297(12%) were positive for influenza; from them 267(89.9%) A(H1N1)pdm09, 3(1 %) A(H3N2) and 27(9 %) influenza type B were positive.
Please see weekly distribution number of influenza positive by subtype http://gamapserver.who.int/gareports/Default.aspx?ReportNo=1&CountryCode=MN
The 59 A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses which isolated in Mongolia characterized antigenically were similar to the vaccine virus A/California/07/2009(H1N1) by HI test. The B viruses are still in the process of antigenically and genetically characterised.
The Mongolian A(H1N1) pdm09 strains isolated in November and December 2015: A/Ulaanbaatar/3018/2015(H1N1)09pdm[ EPI709548]; A/Ulaanbaatar/2871/2015(H1N1)09pdm[EPI700846] are within the 6B subgroup defined by S162N and I216T substitutions in HA1(Figure 1).
Since October 1nd, 2015, 59 A(H1N1) pdm09 influenza strains tested by Virology Lab, NIC, Mongolia for antiviral resistance and all of them were sensitive to neuraminidase inhibitor oseltamivir.
Figure 1. Dendrogram of A/Ulaanbaatar/3018/2015(H1N1)pdm09; A/Ulaanbaatar/2871/2015(H1N1)pdm09 isolated in Nov, Dec 2015 compared with vaccine strains and other represented strains ( Mongolian strains are blue, Vaccine strain is red marked)