First Annual General Meeting of VectorNet- a joint project by EFSA and ECDC on vector-borne diseases.

Parma
27 January 2015

Seventy experts from the public and animal health sector will meet in Parma for the first annual meeting of VectorNet– a joint project run by EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) aimed at mapping vectors in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. 

Vectors are living organisms – such as mosquitoes, ticks, sand flies and biting midges– that transmit a disease from an infected animal or human to a human or another animal. Many of the diseases that they transmit are considered emerging infectious diseases: diseases that appear for the first time, or that may have existed previously but are rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range.
 
Participants will learn about the objectives of VectorNet. They will review current data collection practices and data validation rules and assess methodologies for mapping vectors. By the end of the meeting they should have a clear view of their possible involvement in the project. 
 
EFSA and ECDC cooperation on this project will contribute to improve preparedness and response to vector-borne diseases in humans and animals. 
 
A report with the outcomes of the meeting will be published in the next week.