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Elena

vigilant against epidemics

My name is Elena. I am an epidemiologist from Thessaloniki in northern Greece and I have been working in the European Commission in Luxembourg since 1997.

I love life and I value my health. I am proud to live in a European Union where most citizens can expect to live into their 70s and 80s. At the beginning of the last century, though, it was still common for Europeans to die young from infectious diseases such as typhoid, cholera, diphtheria and tuberculosis. Now, thankfully, these diseases are very rare in EU countries.

My job is to make sure it stays that way. I work in a team of officials who coordinate the EU's defences against infectious diseases. Outbreaks such as SARS in 2003 and bird flu in 2004 and, following the 2001 anthrax attacks, the chilling prospect of bioterrorism remind us that infectious diseases is a threat we cannot ignore. They also remind us that epidemics do not respect borders.

To further strengthen cooperation within the EU we are in the process of establishing a European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).



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