About the Guidelines for the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes in Europe
The recent notifications of autochthonous cases of dengue and chikungunya prove that Europe is vulnerable for these diseases in areas where the vector (Aedes albopictus) is present. Strengthening surveillance of exotic mosquito species such as Aedes albopictus, Aedes aegypti, Aedes atropalpus, Aedes japonicus, Aedes koreicus and Aedes triseriatus is therefore required.
In 2012, ECDC produced guidelines with the aim to assist Member States to:
- Implement vector surveillance of invasive mosquitoes;
- Improve coverage and harmonization of data collection within the EU.
The guidelines should provide evidence-based guidance and technical support for health policy makers and professionals involved in implementing invasive mosquito monitoring in EU Member States and EEA/EFTA countries.
The target audiences of the guidelines include:
- - public health decision and policy makers
- - professionals, involved in implementing invasive mosquito vectors surveillance or control
- - non specialists of mosquito surveillance
Process of development
||ECDC launched a tender to produce the guidelines. |
The AGREE II instrument for development of clinical guidelines was used, after slight adaptation of the criteria to the specific topic.
||The draft document was delivered by the contractor. |
|8-9 December 2011
||ECDC has organised in Stockholm an ad-hoc reviewing expert meeting - to review, improve and agree on the document. Entomologist, public health experts and end users from most of the EU countries took part in the meeting.|
Meeting report 'Expert consultation on guidelines for the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes'
||Pilot study started in Belgium to test the guidelines in the field.|
||Meeting of national representatives to review the guidelines and presentation of initial results from the Belgian pilot study|