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Network of Human Virology Laboratories

The MediLabSecure project includes the creation of a network of human virology laboratories based on the Mediterranean Regional Laboratory Network put in place during the EpiSouth plus project (2010-2013).

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pathogens of interest

In line with the animal virology working group, the human virology working group is focusing on vector borneā€viruses and emerging respiratory viruses identified as present threats or potential risk of emergence in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.

  • Vector borne-viruses
  • Representing a present threat in the region
  • West Nile virus
  • Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever virus
  • Representing a potential risk of emergence in the region
  • Dengue virus
  • Chickungunya virus
  • Yellow fever virus
  • Rift Valley fever virus
  • Zika virus

  • Respiratory viruses
  • Representing a present threat in the region
  • Common cold coronaviruses, seasonal influenza viruses
  • Representing a potential risk of emergence in the region
  • MERS-CoV 


A training curriculum has been established based on a needs assessment questionnaire and on discussions with representatives from the laboratory network.
One week workshop on arbovirus diagnostics has already been organised in order to provide training regarding best laboratory procedures and techniques for the diagnostic of selected vector-borne viruses (West Nile virus, Rift Valley fever virus and Chikungunya virus). this workshop was the occasion to enhance networking among laboratories both nationally and regionally.

ORGANISATION of external quality assessment studies (EQA)

External Quality Assessment (EQA) studies will be organised subsequently to the training in diagnostic methods in order to assess the quality of laboratory procedures applied by the participating laboratories.

TRAINING IN biosafety

A training on biosafety will be organised in autumn of 2016. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the project and network (animal, human) the biosafety modules will be approached in an interdisciplinary way. In countries with specific biosafety training requests, adapted modules will be designed with the possibility of train the trainer approach.

Improving monitoring

These workshops will enable to investigate the prevalence and characteristics of the viral strains circulating in the human communities of the region.

This group is led by Dr Jean-Claude Manuguerra (Key expert) Dr Guillain Mikaty (Project Manager) at CIBU (Institut Pasteur)

CIBU permanent team at the Institut Pasteur 


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