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September 2016

  • New project looks at prevention and preparedness methods to combat the spread of pathogen threats in transport hubs

    New project looks at prevention and preparedness methods to combat the spread of pathogen threats in transport hubs

    By ADELA CEJNAROVABRUSSELS – Mass transportation plays a significant role in the spread of infectious diseases. The environment is ideal – large numbers of passengers in an enclosed space with very high contact rates. Moreover, air travel enables pathogens to spread quickly not only within different communities but between regions.How to prevent or minimise and manage pathogen incidents in transport hubs is the focus of study for the EU-funded security project, PANDHUB. Launched in November 2014 as a three-year project, it is a few months shy of its mid-way point. With a budget of EUR 4 million (EU contribution: nearly 80 percent), its six-strong consortium is led by Finland’s national VTT Technical Research Centre.SECURITY EUROPE recently spoke with Ilpo Kulmala, PANDHUB’s coordinator, about the project’s progress so far.While the project’s primary aim is to tackle the spread of naturally occurring pathogens, Kulmala said it must also... Read More »
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