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

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Network of Medical Entomology Laboratories

The medical entomology working group (WP3) aims at supporting national capacities of entomological surveillance and control for vectors of interest.

It focuses on vectors identified as present threats or with potential risk of emergence in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Sahel regions.

The target vectors identified are:

  • Aedes mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) responsible for transmission of Dengue virus (DENV) and Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) to humans ;
  • Culex mosquitoes (e.g., Culex pipiens) implicated in the transmission of West Nile virus (WNV) ;
  • Other arboviruses transmitted by sandflies or ticks (e.g., Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) transmitted by Hyalomma tick bites) are also considered in the MediLabSecure program activities.

Medical entomology explained in motion design from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.

First phase of medilabsecure (2014-2018): what have been done?

During the first phase of MediLabSecure (2014-2018), several actions have been implemented.

Second phase of medilabsecure (2019-2021)

For this second phase, WP3 will strengthen the capacity building process implemented during the first phase. WP3 will step up its efforts on enhancing national capacities of entomological surveillance and control for vectors of interest. Promoting integrated vector management will be a major focus. Scope of targeted vectors will be enlarged to ticks and phlebotomines.

In line with this goal, the main overall actions planned to be taken are :

> Facilitate and reinforce the medical entomology network, paying particular attention to the integration of the new laboratories from Sahel countries. List of the network members

> Provide trainings and follow-up:

  • Trainings on vector identification, biology, surveillance and vector control
  • External Quality Assessment on laboratory competence for vector species identification

> Elaborate tools:

  • Maps on potential mosquito vector of arboviruses and transmission risk maps
  • Interactive identification key for Euro-Mediterranean phlebotome species of (PhlebKeyTool)
  • Identification key for mosquito species of the Sahel region

By clicking on the Icon at the top left corner of the map, you will be able to  select the Network  of Medical Entomology. Untick to hide.


This group is led by Dr Vincent Robert (Key expert) and Lauriane Mariamé (Project Manager) at MIVEGEC, IRD, CNRS, University of Montpellier, France.

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