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EMERGE: Efficient response to highly dangerous and emerging pathogens at EU level

The human population is confronted with emerging and re-emerging infectious pathogens with the potential to cause serious cross-border outbreaks. A recent example is the Ebola outbreak requiring strong diagnostic, clinical, and public health measures in Europe and abroad in order to get this incident under control.

The Joint Action EMERGE comprises a European network with about 40 diagnostic laboratories focused on risk group 3 bacteria and risk groups 3 and 4 viruses. EMERGE aims to provide a common, coordinated and effective response to infectious disease outbreaks at EU level and abroad.

State of the art and new diagnostic methods for high threat pathogens are evaluated. External quality assurance exercises and training schemes are performed to ensure best approaches for laboratory responsiveness in outbreak situations.

Date: 04.02.2019


Exercise Salutem Public Report

To simulate the activation of the EMERGE network and to train the transition from Inter-Epidemic Mode (IEM) to Outbreak Response Mode (ORM), an exercise, based on a specific transition plan, has been carried out. Please, find here the report outlining the procedure and outcomes of the ORM simulation exercise 'Salutem':


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EMERGE is an EU funded Joint Action (JA), CHAFEA n° 677 066, coordinated by the Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), Germany, and carried out in close cooperation with 33 Associated Partners and 4 Collaborating Partners from 25 European countries. This Joint Action started in June 2015 and is running for 36 months.

Ebola Outbreak in DRC

Ebola Outbreak in <abbr title="Democratic Republic of the Congo">DRC</abbr>

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD).

Plague diagnostic recommendations

Plague diagnostic recommendations

Brief instructions for the diagnostic of specimens coming from suspected plague cases and exposed contacts, including recommendations for diagnostic confirmation.

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    Co-funded by the Health Programme of the European Union

  • EMERGE partners in front of the Robert Koch Institute. Source: © RKI

    EMERGE partners in front of the Robert Koch Institute





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