(AGI) Washington, Dec. 15 - A seminar on infectious diseases,with a focus on the Ebola emergency in West Africa, was held bythe Italian Embassy in Washington. The seminar, with AmbassadorClaudio Bisogniero, was organised with the New AmericaFoundation for researchers and scientific and medical workers.It was divided into three sections: the state of the crisis,looking at hemorrhagic fever and Chikungunya viral fever; newresearch frontiers and the theme "Public Health Preparedness"and the response of the international community. Theseminar was an opportunity to highlight Italy's contributionthe Ebola emergency thanks to the allocation of 7.7 millioneuros and screening of more than 85,000 migrants in 10 monthswith the Mare Nostrum sea rescue operation. Attention was alsofocused on the microbiological laboratory of Milan's SaccoUniversity Hospital and Rome's Spallanzani national infectiousdisease hospital, one of the centres of excellence forprevention and training. Ample space was also dedicated to thePadoa-based CUAMM, which explained the Doctors with Africaprogramme. It pointed out the critical aspects of on-sitecrisis management which need to be improved. (AGI) . .