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EpiSouth Plus: 1st Project Meeting, 5-7 December 2012, Rome, Italy

The EpiSouth Network includes 27 countries (9 EU and 17 non-EU, and one EU candidate country). It is the largest inter-country collaborative effort of this kind in the European region. Since October 2010, the EpiSouth-Plus network focuses on increasing health security in the Mediterranean area and South-East Europe by enhancing and strengthening preparedness for common health threats and bio-security risks at national and regional levels in the countries of the EpiSouth Network. The first EpiSouth-Plus Project meeting, organized by the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS), was held in Rome on 5-7 December at the Italian Ministry of Health. Its aim was to present the current status of the project’s activities and discuss future developments and strategies. Over 100 participants came together to discuss opportunities and challenges for coordinated action at regional level; integration between laboratory and epidemiological surveillance; early warning systems and epidemic intelligence; WHO guidance for coordination of surveillance at points of entry in the framework of IHR 2005; and organization of a table top simulation exercise in the EpiSouth region. For further information: EpiSouth Dissemination Team: episouth@iss.it

Happy holidays

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