MediLabSecure Newsletter n°12
December 2020

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Off-line training on Preparedness and Response to the Health Emergency from novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
The  MediLabSecure public health working group, coordinated by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), has developed an off-line training on “Preparedness and Response to the Health Emergency from novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2" based on the on-line course developed for the Italian health personnel.
Aiming at strengthening the surveillance and protection capacities of health workers, the course has been adapted in English and French and is structured into three units:
  • features of SARS-CoV-2 emergency;
  • surveillance, identification and management of suspects and cases;
  • information for the health personnel on prevention, identification and control in clinical & community settings.
Join the 100 participants that have already registered.
The 3 units are available until June 2021
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       COVID-19 'Actions Taken Review' Virtual Workshop: Protecting and empowering COVID-19 frontline health workers: how are we doing it?

The MediLabSecure and MediPIET projects jointly organized on September 23rd a virtual 'Actions Taken Review' workshop on the Protection and empowering of health workers to strengthen the preparedness and response of the networks' countries.

Welcoming Health representatives from Nigeria, Armenia, Senegal, Egypt and Mozambique and more than 80 participants, the workshop represented the opportunity to share experience and best practices on how to protect and efficiently train frontline health workers.

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 SARS-CoV-2 in animals : updated version 4 and upcoming webinar
The Animal Health Research Center (INIA-CISA), coordinator of the Animal virology working group, has developed a document summarizing available information on SARS-CoV-2 infection in animals, including data from natural and experimental infections.

Based on new studies and reports, this documents is being updated on a regular basis.

The version 4 is now available here
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An online workshop on SARS-CoV-2 in animals will be organized in February 2021.

The workshop will welcome international experts to provide an udpate on the situation and diagnostic tools.

Tentative agenda will be soon shared
4th Inter-Regional Webinar on the COVID-19 Laboratory Diagnostics and Virology
Dr Jean-Claude Manuguerra, the head of the Laboratory for Urgent Response to Biological Threats (CIBU) at the Institut Pasteur and coordinator of the Human Virology working group participated to the Webinar on COVID-19 Laboratory Diagnostics and Virology organized by the EU CBRN CoE secretariat for South East and Eastern Europe & Central Asia.

The presentation highlighted the usefulness of a network such as MediLabSecure for emergency support in the context of a pandemic.


ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment: Detection of new SARS-CoV-2 variants related to mink

The paper reports the SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in minks during human-to-mink and mink-to-human transmission that occured in Denmark and the risk of these mink variants for human health
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Guidelines for working with Free-Ranging Wild Mammals in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The OIE document presents the guidelines to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to wild mammals
Read the document
MediPIET upcoming events
Two events are foreseen this week

Wednesday December 16th , at 12 PM (CEST)  in the framework of the 7th MediPIET module in CBRN - "Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear threats", the project will host the open live session "COVID-19: What Can Past Nuclear Accidents Teach Us?"

More information here

Friday 18th at 11 (CEST). A virtual table on 'Multisectoral coordination before, during and after CBRN incidents: Perspectives from the different sectors for the COVID-19 Response' in the frame of the countries experiences on COVID-19 response is organized as part of the CBRN module.

More information here

MediLabSecure core subjects
In addition to the MediLabSecure newsletter, specific newsletters dedicated to the MediLabSecure working groups' activities are also regularly released
Medical Entomology Newsletters
Enjoy reading the 23rd & 24th editions released in October and November 2020 to keep you updated of what's going on within the network!
Human Virology Newsletters

The 6th edition has been released in November 2020 to promote the ongoing activities within the network

6th World One Health Conference

The virtual edition of the 6th World One Health Conference was held from October 30 to November 3, 2020.

The coordinators of the MediLabSecure public health working group presented  MediLabSecure outcomes on 'Integrating climate and environment public dataset in surveillance for early warning'.
During the session on 'COVID-19 intervention strategies', the off-line training module on 'Preparedness and Response to the Health Emergency from novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2'  was also presented.
View the MediLabSecure Presentations
OIE Regional meeting on Vector-Borne Diseases in North Africa
The OIE regional meeting on vector-borne diseases in North Africa was held online on December 3rd.
The event gathered more than 70 participants and aimed at sharing the latest epidemiological information about major vector-borne diseases occurring in North Africa (RVF, Bluetongue, West Nile...) as well as the activities and projects being conducted in the region.
The MediLabSecure participated in the meeting presenting past and future activities of interest for the region.
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MediPIET online training course on Zoonotic and Vector Borne Diseases
Coordinators of the Medical Entomology and Animal virology working group gave lecture to the online training course on Zoonotic and vector borne disease organized by the MediPIET project.

External Quality Assessment exercises on RVF and WN

The two External Quality Assessment exercises on RVF & WN implemented during the first phase of the project by the Animal Virology working group in order to evaluate the diagnostic capacities of the MediLabSecure beneficiary Veterinary laboratories are described in two separate papers recently published
Read the article on RVF EQA
Read the article on WN EQA

The role of birds of prey in West Nile virus epidemiology

The review describes the current biological, epidemiological and clinical knowledge on WNV infection in birds of prey and evaluate their role in the evolution of the epizootic that could provide with valuable information for wild bird surveillance program.
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Emerging Infectious Diseases Preparedness - Looking through the One Health Lens

The webinar organized by the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID) is available here
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