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A European Expert Laboratory Network for detection and surveillance of (re)emerging viral diseases in Europe.

Infectious diseases continue to emerge across the world, driven by complex interactions of factors relating to changing demographics, climate change, urbanization, increasing animal production and intensified connectivity due to a steep increase in international travel and trade. Many infectious diseases are zoonoses, coming from animals, either directly or indirectly through involvement of arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies and midges.

In the past decade, epidemics caused by emerging viruses have demonstrated that Europe is vulnerable for the introduction of pathogens through travel and trade, sometimes followed by local transmission, and changes in spatial and temporal pattern of endemic pathogens. Therefore, a call for tender was awarded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to an expert network of European laboratories. The aim of the network is to establish a (pro)-active and flexible network of European laboratories involved in diagnostics of (re)emerging  viral diseases.

This expert network called "EVD-LabNet" will support case identification, surveillance and outbreak response through exchange of expertise and provision of access to reference diagnostics, training and external quality assessments.  The network had had its kick-off meeting at ECDC headquarters in Solna, Sweden on May 12-13, 2016 with the leadership of the network from Erasmus MC (network Coordinator), Universit√© d'Aix Marseille (France) and Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Read more: www.evd-labnet.eu