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One Health network for the prevention of vector-borne diseases around the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions

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Medical entomology

The MediLabSecure project includes the creation of a network of medical entomology laboratories in the 19 non-EU countries from the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.

Vectors of interest

The medical entomology working group will focus on mosquitoes identified as present threats or with potential risk of emergence in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions:

Aedes sp.

Vectors responsible for transmission of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus to humans are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus.

Culex spp.

The impact on human and horse health of West Nile Fever, transmitted mainly by Culex mosquitoes, recently and dramatically increased in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. Involving several mosquito and vertebrate species, WNF epidemiology is complex and a lot of research and training is still needed for a better understanding of its vector.

Create a network of laboratories specializing in mosquitoes

Laboratories play a key role in the recognition of infectious diseases. 

The creation and the management of a network of laboratories specializing in mosquitoes and arbovirus transmision help in the identification of needs in participating countries in terms of monitoring, diagnostics and biosafety.

> List of the network members (medical entomology)

Training in medical entomology

Training modules, visits from experts, identification tools, and workshops all help to assess the risks of different emerging viruses. Depending on the needs of each benificiary area, training and exchanges will be introduced starting in 2015. 

Tailored trainings sessions for have been planned in 2015-2016, enabling laboratory members to develop capacity building in mosquito vector of arboviruses (sampling, determination, surveillance) and to enhance regional cooperation

Improve monitoring

Permanent and reliable monitoring is essential for the implementation of effective prevention. One of the challenges of this network is to consider a concerted integration of surveillance systems for mosquitoes.


This group is led by Dr. Vincent ROBERT at MIVEGEC (IRD).

Discussion list:

Vincent ROBERT, senior researcher, medical entomologist /
Marie PICARD, project manager WP4 /

> Mosquito-borne diseases in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions (2 pages), 2014
> Poster Presentation of the working group Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 2014
> Poster Capacity building in medical entomology in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, 2016

> Newsletter #1 - March 2015
> Newsletter #2 - June 2015
> Newsletter #3 - September 2015
> Newsletter #4 - December 2015
> Newsletter #5 - April 2016
> Newsletter #6 - July 2016
> Newsletter #7 - November 2016
> Newsletter #8 - January 2017

ContactInstitut Pasteur / @MediLabSecure