European network for sharing data on the geographic distribution of arthropod vectors, transmitting human and animal disease agents (VectorNet)
VectorNet is a joint initiative of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
VectorNet supports the collection of data on vectors and pathogens in vectors, related to both animal and human health.
ECDC and EFSA maintain a common database on the presence and distribution of vectors and pathogens in vectors in Europe and the Mediterranean basin, through developing a network of experts and organisations from the medical and veterinary domains.
The network of medical entomologists and public health professionals, already established during the preceding VBORNET project, is extended to include veterinary entomologists and veterinarians working in the field of vector-borne diseases in Europe and countries surrounding the Mediterranean Basin.
The project provides also ad-hoc scientific advice to support ECDC and EFSA concerning technical questions about vector surveillance and vector-borne diseases in humans and animals.
The project performs targeted entomological collections in specific vector habitats to fill knowledge gaps that have been identified through the previous project VBORNET, through analyses of the existing vector databases, and in EFSA scientific opinions.
Through the EFSA/ECDC collaboration during the VectorNet project, communication and collaboration between experts and organisations from the medical and veterinary domains will be improved. The outcomes of the project will contribute to improving preparedness and response for vector-borne diseases in the European Union.
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Second VectorNet newsletter
This second VectorNet newsletter highlights the shaping of the VectorNet Entomological Network; vector surveillance mapping; data gathering on the governance of vector surveillance and control; results from a rapid survey on tick density; a summary of key vector borne disease activity in Europe; training activities; Outlook; Recent publications.
The maps show the current known distribution of invasive mosquito species in Europe at ‘regional’ administrative level (NUTS3).Read more
The maps show the current known distribution of the tick species in Europe at ‘regional’ administrative level (NUTS3).Read more
Phlebotomine sandflies maps
The maps shows the current known distribution of Phlebotomus sandfly species in Europe at ‘regional’ administrative level (NUTS3). They are published regularly on the website to provide the ECDC stakeholders and the general public with the most up-to-date information on vector distribution in Europe.Read more
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Vectors are small organisms such as mosquitoes or ticks that can carry pathogens from person to person and place to place.Read more
Preventing vector-borne diseases in Europe: VectorNet issues the first protocols for vector sampling
28 Jun 2018 - Vector sampling protocols outlining the recommended methods for collecting vectors have been issued today by ECDC and EFSA, to support entomologists and public-health professionals in Europe. It is a first attempt to summarise best-practices in terms of methods and strategies for sampling mosquitoes, sandflies, biting midges and ticks.