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23 September 2016

Challenges in responding to infectious disease incidents focus of INTERPOL meeting

LYON, France – Providing national and regional updates on law enforcement challenges in responding to infectious disease incidents, including acts of terrorism, was the focus of a meeting organized by INTERPOL’s Bioterrorism Prevention Unit.

The two-day (22 to 23 September) National Point of Contact meeting brought together eleven public health and law enforcement representatives from West African countries most affected by Ebola, including Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Senegal.

Funded by the US Department of State, the meeting also allowed participants to present country reports on training delivered and actions taken to support regional biosecurity working group priorities, as well as providing a platform to discuss future regional engagement.

This is the final activity of the second phase of Project Rhino, which aims to enhance coordination and cooperation among law enforcement agencies on issues relating to biological incident investigation, build knowledge on biosecurity and strengthen regional capabilities.