Project: Vector-borne Infections: risk based and cost efficient surveillance systems.

The overall project aim is to build a framework for surveillance of vector borne diseases, including a selection of methods which can be applied. We aim to develop a warning system that is transparent and easy to apply from a national management point of view. This warning system should direct an active surveillance system that targets the discerned risk situation. The framework should also advise on the optimal surveillance, for this specific situation. The framework gives an overview of the essential steps required for evaluating surveillance systems for vector-borne infections. This means that it needs to take account of vector specific issues like climate variation, seasonality and vector ecology, but also needs to take account of livestock (host) densities and import risks. An early warning system looking for increased risk will be developed that takes account of the above. In increased risk situations active targeted surveillance can be advised, specifically focussing on the risk situation at hand. The framework will be made available to others by publication in scientific journals for broader use than within the developing teams only. This project is directly relevant to the overall aim of EMIDA in co-ordinating focused research on major infectious diseases of production animals at a European level. The project draws on a skill set that extends beyond national boundaries, and addresses a problem that is relevant for most European countries.

Acronym VICE
Duration 31/03/2015
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Network EMIDA
Call 2nd EMIDA Joint Call on Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Livestock

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Swedish National Veterinary Institute Sweden
French National Institute for Agricultural Research France
Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Germany
Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Denmark
Nantes Atlantic College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering France
University of Bern Switzerland
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health Germany
University of Oldenburg Germany
Wageningen University & Research - Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Netherlands
Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning Sweden
Norwegian Veterinary Institute Norway
Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre Belgium
Research Council of Norway Norway
Technical University of Denmark - National Veterinary Institute Coordinator Denmark
French National Research Agency France
Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority Netherlands
Federal Department of Home Affairs - Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office Switzerland