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COVID-19: the EU is ready to respond

Entered on 13-03-2020

Across the EU, many people are worried about the novel coronavirus and its rapid spread. The EU project PREPARE, which began in 2014, is responding to COVID-19 by rapidly assessing Europe’s preparedness and deploying vital clinical research.   Read the full article on the European Commission website.

EU commits to tackling COVID-19 with new project

Entered on 12-03-2020

Antwerp, Belgium – 11 March, 2020 The University of Antwerp has launched Rapid European COVID-19 Emergency Research response (RECOVER), in collaboration with 9 international partners. The launch comes in response to the impact of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in Europe. This project was selected for funding by the European Union under the Horizon ... read more

PREPARE activated to Mode 3 as novel Coronavirus cases in Europe are rapidly increasing

Entered on 03-03-2020

Antwerp, Belgium – 3 March 2020 The EU-funded Platform foR European Preparedness Against (Re-) emerging Epidemics (PREPARE) has decided to upgrade its response efforts to the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic to Outbreak Research Response Mode 3, the highest response mode. This means that PREPARE will immediately initiate and implement clinical research s... read more

PRESS STATEMENT - PREPARE continues active measures as novel coronavirus outbreak in Italy unfolds

Entered on 25-02-2020

Antwerp, Belgium – 24 February 2020 Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infected patients have been reported in Europe for several weeks now and PREPARE has been monitoring developments very closely. In Italy, cases of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, have risen significantly over the weekend. Italian public health authorities have pressed ahead with measures to contain t... read more

PRESS RELEASE - PREPARE activated to Mode 2 in response to novel Coronavirus cases in Europe

Entered on 06-02-2020

Antwerp, Belgium – 6 February 2020 On 30th January 2020, the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of 2019-nCoV a public health emergency of international concern. In his statement, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus called for solidarity and cooperation to accelerate preparations and to advance knowledge on the virus and its impact... read more

PRESS RELEASE - European response to outbreak with novel Coronavirus in China

Entered on 22-01-2020

Antwerp, Belgium – 21 January 2020.  On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) China office was informed of patients infected with pneumonia of unknown aetiology in Wuhan, China. Evidence suggested that the initial cluster of cases was related to exposure in a seafood market in Wuhan (closed 1 January 2020). In the three weeks since that not... read more

PRESS RELEASE - Flu antiviral has bigger benefits for sicker, older patients

Entered on 16-12-2019

A Europe-wide study conducted over three flu seasons finds that the antiviral drug, oseltamivir (Tamiflu®), can help people recover from flu-like illness about one-day sooner on average, with older sicker patients who have been unwell for longer recovering two-to-three days sooner. Published in The Lancet in December 2019, the European Commission-funded ‘AL... read more

First sexually transmitted dengue case confirmed in Spain

Entered on 13-11-2019

Spanish health authorities have confirmed a case of a man spreading dengue through sex, a world first for a virus which until recently was thought to be transmitted only by mosquitos. Read the full article here.

Second case of locally acquired Zika virus disease in Hyères, France - EDCD data

Entered on 24-10-2019

On 21 October, French authorities reported a second autochthonous case of Zika virus (ZIKV) disease in Hyères city, Var department, France with no travel history to Zika-endemic countries. The case was identified through door-to-door active case-finding and resides in the close vicinity of the first case. The patient reported symptoms compatible with ZIKV ... read more

First autochthonous WNV case in Germany

Entered on 10-10-2019

First autochthonous human West Nile virus (WNV) infection reported in Germany in October. The total number of human cases of WNV reported during the ongoing 2019 transmission season by EU Member States and neighbouring countries are 404 and 39 deaths due to WNV (ECDC surveillance data, as of 3 Oct. 2019).   EU Member States reported 372 cases in Greece (2... read more

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