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VectorNet: A European network for sharing data on the geographic distribution of arthropod vectors, transmitting human and animal disease agents

VectorNet is a joint initiative of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which started in May 2014.

The project 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.

Please contact vectornet@ecdc.europa.eu for more information or if you want to join the network.

 

 VECTOR TOOL: SHARING DATA ON VECTORS

 
VectorNet is looking for vector-borne disease experts who are interested in sharing data on the distribution of mosquito, tick, sand fly and culicoides vectors. Data can be uploaded in the common database through the vector tool.
 
Vector questionnaire tool is an online tool where external experts in vectors and vector-borne diseases can submit information on the distribution of vectors like ticks, mosquitoes, sand flies and biting midges in Europe. 
 

The aim is to improve the quality and representation of data, streamline the collection of information and reach out to more external experts. 

Experts that wish to contribute can register and submit data at various administrative scales (NUTS 1-2-3), they can also request access to other vector information in the database. The tool allows external experts to insert directly their data in an online database.
 

ECDC and EFSA collect and compile data on the distribution and surveillance of vector species to produce e.g. comprehensive online maps, providing the the stakeholders and general public with most up-to-date information on vector distribution. The collected information can also support relevant ECDC risk assessments on the diseases that these vectors can be associated with.  

Access the vector questionnaire tool

 

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