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A high-security laboratory in boxes: diagnosing yellow fever in the Angola-DR Congo border area

The European Mobile Laboratory (EMLab) is a special lab for highly-pathogenic viruses that can be erected and operated quickly in outbreak areas. The necessary deployment and logistics are coordinated by the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg. Several European institutes are involved in the project, including the Robert Koch Institute. Since 2016, the EMLab has become part of the European Medical Corps. In July 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) requested the deployment of the mobile lab to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help diagnose yellow fever. This action was financed by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Video: Erecting the mobile laboratory in Kahemba, DR Congo

It takes five hours to erect the European Mobile Laboratory in Kahemba. Since mid-August 2016, the lab has been ready for operation.


Photo story about the EMLab deployment in Kahemba, DR Congo

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Source: EMLab Arrival of the European Mobile Laboratory (EMLab) in Kahemba, a remote town in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The region borders Angola and is threatened by yellow fever. RKI scientists Andreas Kurth (photo), Constanze Yue, Nicole Hetzelt, Philipp Raab and a colleague from Italy erected the lab in August 2016. Since then, it has been possible to analyse samples of suspected yellow fever on the spot.

Date: 27.09.2016