Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Virus Reference & Research (Special Pathogens)
Director / Head:
Dr Tim Brooks
Public Health England
Microbiology Services, Public Health England, Porton Down
(44-1980) 612 774
(44-1980) 612 695
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To cooperate with WHO in its function of alert and response to Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens outbreaks of international importance, including outbreaks of Arboviruses, hantaviruses, arenaviruses and haemorrhagic fever viruses, Poxviruses, Rickettsiae and hazard group 3 bacteria (including but not limited to Bacillus anthracis, Franscisella tularensis, Yersinia pestis & other BT agents and related bacterial and viral zoonoses in hazard groups 2-4).
- Support WHO in the early diagnosis, rapid identification and characterization of high risk pathogens specimens submitted through WHO, keeping the results confidential, if so required.
- During response operations to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO, to assist with epidemiological surveys, laboratory investigations, research and development activities (development of new RDT and NAT diagnostics, new vaccines, new medical countermeasures) carried out under the responsibility of WHO by providing personnel and/or equipment when possible.
- During response operations to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO, to provide onsite laboratory diagnostic support with staff and equipment when possible.
- To provide technical support to the national laboratories involved in epidemiological and laboratory investigations during Emerging Infectious Diseases outbreak responses.
- To inform WHO of any epidemiological or laboratory finding that would be in conjunction with a risk of transmission of a severe disease of international concern : Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers - Arboviruses, hantaviruses, arenaviruses and haemorrhagic fever viruses, Poxviruses, Rickettsiae and hazard group 3 bacteria (including but not limited to Bacillus anthracis, Franscisella tularensis, Yersinia pestis & other BT agents and related bacterial and viral zoonoses in hazard groups 2-4) - and novel and emerging infectious diseases.
- Viral hemorrhagic fevers
- Bacterial diseases other than those specifically mentioned
Types of activity:
- Outbreaks and emergencies
- Provision of reference substances and other services
- Training and education
Ower: 1.4 - Policy and technical support provided to Member States in order to enhance their capacity to carry out surveillance and monitoring of all communicable diseases of public health importance.
Ower: 1.7 - Member States and the international community equipped to detect, assess, respond to and cope with major epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases (e.g. influenza, meningitis, yellow fever, haemorrhagic fevers, plague and smallpox) through the development and implementation of tools, methodologies, practices, networks and partnerships for prevention, detection, preparedness and intervention.
Ower: 1.8 - Regional and global capacity coordinated and made rapidly available to Member States for detection, verification, risk assessment and response to epidemics and other public health emergencies of international concern.
FORMENTY Pierre B.H.
+41 22 791 2550
You can also contact:
- BERTHERAT Eric Gerard Georges
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