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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:


Read more about the programme




Kick-off meeting: VectorNet Project
A new joint ECDC-EFSA project “VectorNet” will support the collection of data on vectors and pathogens in vectors, related to both animal and human health. ECDC and EFSA will create 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. Read more about the meeting

Read EFSA news story: EFSA and ECDC join forces to fight vector-borne diseases
Watch video on the new EFSA/ECDC project: Combatting vector-borne diseases in the EU







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