European network for medical and veterinary entomology (VectorNet)
VectorNet is a project of ECDC and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which aims to contribute to improving preparedness and response for vector-borne diseases, following a ‘One-Health’ approach.
VectorNet started in May 2014, and is now in its second iteration (2019–2023). VectorNet supports the collection of data on vectors and pathogens in vectors related to both animal and human health.
ECDC and EFSA are developing a network of medical and veterinary experts and organisations to maintain a common database on the presence and distribution of vectors and pathogens in vectors across Europe and the Mediterranean basin.
The network of medical entomologists and public health professionals, already established during the preceding VBORNET project, is being extended to include veterinary entomologists and veterinarians working in the field of vector-borne diseases in Europe and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Basin.
The project also provides ad-hoc scientific advice to support ECDC and EFSA with technical questions on vector surveillance and vector-borne diseases in humans and animals.
Through the EFSA/ECDC collaboration on the VectorNet project, communication and collaboration between experts and organisations from the medical and veterinary domains will be improved. The project will contribute to improving preparedness and response for vector-borne diseases in the European Union.
Third VectorNet newsletter, March 2021
Welcome to the third VectorNet newsletter. VectorNet is a joint project of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which started in May 2014, and is now in its second iteration (2019–2023). VectorNet aims to publish two newsletters per year.
Second VectorNet newsletter, November 2020
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.
ECDC and EFSA’s VectorNet project database provides information on the European distribution of several mosquitoes, ticks, sandfly and biting midge species which can be vectors of pathogens affecting human or animal health. The maps are based on confirmed data (published and unpublished) provided by experts and do not represent the official position of the countries.
Maps of surveillance activities and current known distributions of mosquito species in Europe and neighbouring regions.Read more
Maps of surveillance activities and current known distributions of tick species in Europe and neighbouring regions.Read more
Phlebotomine sandflies maps
Maps of surveillance activities and current known distributions of sandfly species in Europe and neighbouring regions.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