Scientists and public health experts meeting at the World Health Organisation (WHO) have identified the top emerging infectious disease threats. The diseases are all caused by viruses which are highly likely to generate epidemics, but are neglected in terms of the availability of diagnostic tests, vaccines and therapeutics. To support research and development PHE’s National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) provides authenticated stocks of many of the viruses prioritised by WHO such as Ebola virus, Rift Valley fever virus and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus.
The infectious disease priorities needing urgent attention are all caused by viruses, several of which are available from NCPV:
Three other diseases were designated as 'serious', requiring action by WHO to promote research and development as soon as possible; these are caused by:
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