Prioritization of high consequence viruses to improve European laboratory preparedness for cross-border health threats

Carla Nisii, Roland Grunow, the EMERGE Viral Pathogens Working Group, Andreas Brave, Giuseppe Ippolito, Daniela Jacob, Pontus Jureen, Barbara Bartolini, Antonino Di Caro*, Paolo Guglielmetti, Cinthia Menel-Lemos, Hervé Raoul, Caroline Carbonnelle, Kerstin Falk, Richard Vipond, Robert Watson, Roger Hewson, Markus Eickmann, Marion P.G. Koopmans

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Highly infectious diseases can spread rapidly across borders through travel or trade, and international coordination is essential to a prompt and efficient response by public health laboratories. Therefore, developing strategies to identify priorities for a rational allocation of resources for research and surveillance has been the focus of a large body of research in recent years. This paper describes the activities and the strategy used by a European-wide consortium funded by the European Commission, named EMERGE (Efficient response to highly dangerous and emerging pathogens at EU level), for the selection of high-threat pathogens with cross-border potential that will become the focus of its preparedness activities. The approach used is based on an objective scoring system, a close collaboration with other networks dealing with highly infection diseases, and a diagnostic gaps analysis. The result is a tool that is simple, objective and adaptable, which will be used periodically to re-evaluate activities and priorities, representing a step forward towards a better response to infectious disease emergencies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

SeriesAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Health programme 2014–2020, through the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA, European Commission); EMERGE Joint Action grant number: 677066. INMI received ‘Ricerca Corrente’ grants from the Italian Ministry of Health.

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