WHO Collaborating Centre – viral infections
The department of Viroscience of the Erasmus MC is accredited as WHO Collaborating Centre regarding Viral Infections.
Main activity of the Department of Virology as WHO Collaborating Centre will be to support outbreak response operations during outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO. Examples of this are the contributions of the department in identifying the cause of SARS and MERS coronavirus, the studies unraveling the role of camels as sources MERS COV, support in investigations of Zika virus in Surinam and Brazil, and the operation of mobile laboratories during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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