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Emerging and Vector-borne Diseases Programme

Vector-borne diseases rely upon organisms, named vectors, such as mosquitoes, ticks or sandflies that have an active role in the transmission of a pathogen from one host to the other. An emerging (or re-emerging) infectious disease is a disease that arises through evolution or change in existing pathogens, was previously unrecognised is already known but spreads to new geographic areas, new populations or reappears after having been eradicated.

The Emerging and Vector-borne Diseases Programme contributes to the EU-wide preparedness and response capabilities. It provides Member States with access to expertise, topical assessments of disease risks and decision support tools with the latest scientific knowledge.

The programme supports networks, gathering expertise from institutes, universities, research projects and public health institutions across the EU:


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