Guidelines for the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes in Europe

technical guidance

ECDC has produced these guidelines which aim to support the implementation of tailored surveillance for invasive mosquito species of public health relevance. This guideline document provides accurate information and technical support for focused data collection in the field, gives cost estimates, and suggests adaptations according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation. It also contributes to the harmonisation of surveillance methods and information records at EU level so that data from different countries/areas can be compared over time. It intends to provide support to professionals involved in implementing IMS surveillance or control, to decision- and policy-makers and stakeholders in public health, but also to non-experts in mosquito surveillance and control. The suggested methods may be applicable in the whole geographic area of Europe (thus in all EU Member States and EEA/EFTA countries, including EU Outermost Regions (ORs), but not Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
This guideline document describes all procedures to be applied to the surveillance of IMS.
Table of content
Executive summary
Introduction Read more: Annex 1: Basic information on the biology of mosquitoes and the transmission of vector-borne diseases
Surveillance of invasive mosquitoes: the decision-making process
Aim and definition of scope
Organisation and management Read more: Annex 2: Organisation and management of IMS surveillance in the European context
Surveillance strategies
Risk assessment
Operational process: The surveillance of invasive mosquitoes
Methods of collection of invasive mosquitoes Read more: Annex 3: Detailed procedures for surveying IMS
Methods of identification of invasive mosquitoes Read more: Annex 4: Identification of invasive mosquito species
Procedures for the determination of mosquito population parameters Read more: Annex 5: Principles and detailed methodologies for the determination of mosquito population parameters
Procedures for mosquito pathogen screening and identification Read more: Annex 6: Complementary information on methods for pathogen screening in field collected mosquitoes
Procedures for the collection of environmental parameters Read more: Annex 7: Complementary information on measurement of environmental parameters
Methods for data management and analysis Read more: Annex 8: Complementary information on data management and analysis
Strategies for data dissemination and mapping Read more: Annex 9: Complementary information on methods of dissemination of surveillance results
Cost and evaluation of the defined surveillance programme
Estimating cost of surveillance activities
Evaluation of the operational surveillance process