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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


Entered on 03-10-2019

With just 4 weeks left to recruit patients for the MERMAIDS ARBO study, a total of 855 patients have been recruited thus far!  Our recruiting sites have so far recruited:  Albania: 276 Bosnia and Herzegovina: 65 Croatia: 108  Greece: 30  Kosovo: 86 Romania: 267  The MERMAIDS-ARBO team are hopeful t... read more

Declaration of Ebola outbreak in DRC a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Entered on 25-07-2019

                                                        PREPARE acknowledges the decision made by the WHO Director-General to declare the current Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of Con... read more

PREPARE holds a successful 6th Annual Meeting

Entered on 20-06-2019

On 3 and 4 June 2019, PREPARE held its 6th Annual Meeting in Bologna, bringing together PREPARE’s consortia, including that of APPRISE, to discuss the achievements of the work packages, work that is still yet to be done, and how PREPARE’s work can be sustained after 2021.   Dr. Nina Gobat presented the progress of Work Package 1 on the Ethical, Admi... read more

Nuffield Council on Bioethics and 18 others co-sign letter advocating for community engagement in outbreak responses

Entered on 11-06-2019

The second-largest Ebola outbreak continues to rage in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  These provinces have long been affected by conflict and insecurity and distrust is one of the most significant obstacles in tackling the spread of the epidemic. In recent months there have been several attacks on health workers and treatment... read more

New PREPARE Leaflet

Entered on 27-05-2019

Want to know more information on PREPARE? Download and read our new leaflet here!   

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