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Monitoring the worldwide spread of viral diseases to identify threats to economic prosperity and health, and providing an early warning system to the UK and Europe of encroaching viral threats. We do this by:

  • Controlling pathogens (viral diseases) within the UK and outside
  • Linking together our research and diagnostics and surveillance activities in the World Reference Laboratories
  • Predicting where diseases are likely to come from and their route into the UK and elsewhere
  • Leading and contributing to international disease control networks 
  • Helping developing countries to control and contain diseases themselves
  • Looking at the incidence and prevalence of disease in different groups and source and cause of illness (epidemiology)

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