Kick-off meeting: VectorNet Project
The objective of this meeting was to kick-off the project "VectorNet: A European network for sharing data on the geographic distribution of arthropod vectors, transmitting human and animal disease agents" and establish clear arrangements between all project partners.
A joint ECDC-EFSA project “VectorNet: A European network for sharing data on the geographic distribution of arthropod vectors, transmitting human and animal disease agents” supports the collection of data on vectors and pathogens in vectors, related to both animal and human health, in line with the EU “One Health” initiative. The project contributes to a timely and appropriate response for vector-borne diseases in the EU.
ECDC and EFSA have created a common database on the presence and distribution of vectors and pathogens in vectors in Europe and the Mediterranean through developing a network of experts and organisations from the medical and veterinary domains. The project aims to extend the network of medical entomologists and public health professionals, already established during the VBORNET project, and include veterinary entomologists and veterinarians.
To support the VectorNet project, an extended consortium of top experts in medical and animal entomology and public and animal health was established.
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