The EU Mobile Labs Project has provided one of the first labs against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. A mobile unit was deployed to Guinea in March 2014, at the outbreak's onset. It has provided diagnosis for a large fraction of the samples collected - 3000 during the first 6 months, identifying over 1000 positive cases. Up to 70 samples per day have been processed, with diagnosis available within 4 hours. Two additional mobile labs have been deployed to Nigeria and Liberia.
Within the EU Comprehensive Response Framework to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the European Commission has stepped up its efforts by reinforcing the budget for the deployment of mobile laboratories for the diagnosis of the virus (plus 2.4 million euros). The total contribution for the European
Zoltán Kis is a pharmacist by training, with a specialization in international public health. He completed his PhD at the Szeged University and has been working at National Center for Epidemiology, Hungary.
ECHO - the EU Humanitarian Aid And Civil Protection Office - published this factsheet on the current situation with Ebola in West Africa, and on the specific action of the European Union.