Emergencies preparedness, response

WHO Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network (EDPLN)

Emerging dangerous pathogens: a major challenge to global health security

Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever outbreak response, Mweka, DR Congo, Spet 2007

The continuing emergence and re-emergence of novel and dangerous pathogens of epidemic potential (eg. Ebola, Marburg, Rift Valley fever, Plague, Monkeypox, Lassa Fever, SARS, Tularaemia, MERS-CoV, Nipah, Legionellosis, Borreliosis, Melioidosis, etc) is a permanent threat to the health of populations around the world and a major challenge to global health security. The WHO Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network (EDPLN), is made up of global and regional EDPLN networks of high security human and veterinary diagnostic laboratories. EDPLN contributes to outbreak response and preparedness as well as rapid development of diagnostic assays for emerging and infectious pathogens globally.


Shipments of emerging and dangerous pathogen specimens


In order to expedite the shipment of specimens from suspected, probable or confirmed Ebola cases from countries to WHO Collaborating Centres on Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and Arboviruses or selected Reference Laboratory for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers, WHO has established the Ebola shipping fund to provide shipping services to Member States.

Ebola Proficiency Panel


To strengthen preparedness for the detection of Ebola Virus Disease in response to the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014, a proficiency panel for the molecular detection of EBOV virus was developed in collaboration with the Robert Koch Institute in Germany. With the anticipated wider distribution of the panel outside the African region, the project is expected to strengthen laboratory capacity for the detection of Ebola Virus Disease.