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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.

Some highlights

Two EU Mobile Labs redeployed to Sierra Leone against Ebola

Vincent Chasteloux posted news 11 December 2014

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

Interview with a team member of Guinea's EU Mobile Lab

Vincent Chasteloux posted news 13 October 2014

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.

UPDATE 03.12.2014 - ECHO factsheet - Ebola in West Africa

Vincent Chasteloux uploaded a new Document 7 October 2014

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.

Photos of the EU Mobile Lab in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Vincent Chasteloux created a new Photo album 1 October 2014

One of three laboratory units of the EU Mobile Labs Project has been handed over to the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control (ILFRC) at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) in Nigeria in February 2014 and scientists of the ILFRC have been trained in the deployment and use of the

About the Project

Vincent Chasteloux created a new WIKI page 1 October 2014



30/11/2011 to 29/06/2017

Source of funding

European Commission - EuropeAid - DEVCO B5 (Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace)

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Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Hamburg, Germany
Institute for Lassa Fever Research and Control (ILFRC) - Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), Irrua, Nigeria
National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology (InstMikroBioBw), Munich, Germany
Istituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive "L. Spallanzani" (INMI), Rome, Italy
Institute for Virology, Philipps-University Marburg (PUM), Marburg, Germany
Laboratoire P4 Inserm Jean Merieux (INSERM), Lyon, France
Spiez Laboratory, Spiez (Labor-Spiez), Switzerland
Public Health England (PHE), Microbiology Services Division-Colindale, London, UK, and Microbiology Services-research (Porton), Salisbury, UK

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