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Follow the links below for documents and links on the following topics:



Free Litterature & publications

other NETWORKS of interest

Training & Online Courses

Diagnostic and surveillance tools

  • General
  • WHO Disease factsheets 

    OIE Animal Disease Information

    Guidelines for Safe Work Practices in Human and Animal Medical Diagnostic Laboratories - CDC

    Guidelines for the surveillance of native mosquitoes in Europe (PDF, 14.7Mo) - ECDC, 2014

    Guidelines for the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes in Europe (PDF, 6 Mo) - ECDC, 2012

    The impact of a decade (2004-2015) of research on vector-borne diseases - EDENext, 2015

    Vector surveillance and control at ports, airports, and ground crossings - WHO, 2016

    Monitoring and managing insecticide resistance in Aedes mosquito populations, Interim guidance for entomologists - WHO, 2016

  • West Nile
  • West Nile virus risk assessment tool (PDF, 611 Ko) - Stockholm: ECDC, 2013

    Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control (PDF, 1.7 Mo) - Epidemic/Epizootic West Nile Virus in the United States, 2013

  • Dengue
  • Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control (PDF, 1.5 Mo) - WHO, 2009

  • Chikungunya
  • Preparedness and Response for Chikungunya Virus: Introduction in the Americas - PAHO, 2011

  • Rift Valley Fever
  • Rift Valley fever project mapping (Vmerge project)

    Access to database (.xls)

    Rift Valley Fever Aetiology Epidemiology Diagnosis Prevention and Control References - OIE, 2009

  • Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
  • Laboratory Testing for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus: Interim recommendations (revised) (PDF 291kb) - WHO, 2014

    Revised testing algorithms, assay protocols and reagent availability - Institut für Virologie, Bonn, Germany

    Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus:transmission, virology and therapeutic targetingto aid in outbreak control - Review, August 2015, Experimental and molecular Medicine, Nature Group

  • Crimean congo Haemorhagic Fever (CCHFV)
  • Tick-Borne diseases in Europe: an Infographic (PDF)

    CCHF Rapid risk assessment - ECDC, September 2016

  • Zika Virus (ZIKV)
  • Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease:  Special Issue: Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya

    ECDC page on Zika (News, Risk Assessment, infographics, mosquito maps, etc)

    CDC page on Zika (Symptoms, diagnostics, etc)

    Entomology identification tools

  • Taxonomy
  • Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit:

    A reference for mosquito resources with a lot of tools: catalog, literature, map, vector ID, etc.

    Mosquito Taxonomic Inventory:

    Taxonomy and systematics resources on Culicidae

    Collection Arim (Arthropodes d’intérêt médical):

    Arthropod collection of medical importance with more than 3000 species of various groups and nuisance vectors

    Dengue / Aedes 

    A Review of Entomological Sampling Methods and Indicators for Dengue Vectors (PDF, 1.3 Mo) – WHO, 2003

    Mosquitoes Factsheet (ECDC)

    Entomology and ecology (CDC)

    West Nile Virus / Culex

    Information on West Nile Virus: WNV disease / West Nile Virus / Mosquitoes / Mosquito Habitats / Insecticides:

  • Vector-ID resources 
  • MosKeyTool (Mosquitoes of the Euro-Mediterranean area)

    Identification tool for 128 species of Culicidae (larval and adult stages) in Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Black Sea and Middle East. A single common basis for genus and species identification.

    Interactive identification key (in French)

    Bases d’identification et de connaissances sur les arthropodes d’intérêt médical 

    Keys to the medically important mosquito species


    Management tool for collection


    Focused on invertebrate vectors of human pathogens working with the sequencing centers and the research community to curate vector genomes

  • Image gallery 
  • Much of the information is pictorial rather than text-based. Here are some links to image galleries (public domain or creative commons) that you can use for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages.

    VectorBase Image gallery 

    This gallery includes flies, mosquitoes and ticks images. Many of them can be found in the PHIL library and are in the public domain


    A collection of still images, image sets, and multimedia files related to public health.

    Iowa State Entomology Image Gallery 

    This gallery includes flies, mosquitoes and ticks images

    Wikipedia Commons 

    A database of freely usable media files

  •  Map / Data
  • Vector Distribution Map

    European network of medical entomologists and public health experts 

    Vector Questionnaire Tool 

    The vector questionnaire tool is an online tool, developed by VBORNET project, where experts can register and submit data on vector distribution and surveillance


    Service for mosquito mapping and control

    service for mosquito mapping and control
    service for mosquito mapping and control

    E3 Geoportal

    E3 Geoportal promotes geospatial infectious disease modelling in Europe.
    Resources such as analytical tools, published risk maps and reports, software applications are available.

    Free Litterature & publications

    AFPMB Literature Retrieval System 

    The Literature Retrieval System (LRS) is an online collection of scientific papers comprising over 130,000 documents in searchable PDF format, drawn from books, journals, reprints, reports, and other sources.

    PubMed Central 

    PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

    Encyclopedia of Insects (AP, 2003) [pdf, 51.7 Mb] 

    Editors VINCENT H. RESH University of California, Berkeley RING T. CARDÉ University of California

    Other networks of interest

    A number of  well established networks have activities related to the MediLabSecure initiative. We invite you to visit their websites.
    A short presentation of selected Networks was given by our Work Package Leaders during our Heads of Labs meeting and can be downloaded in the private area.

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • VectorNet

    European Network for Arthropod Vector Surveillance for Human Public Health : Network of experts (medical entomologists and public health) for sharing data on the geographic distribution of arthropod vectors transmitting human and animal disease agentsImplementation of a sharing platform, click here to visit. 
    Contact in MediLabSecure: Vincent Robert


    European Network for Diagnostics  of "Imported" Viral Diseases. Activities include epidemic intelligence, preparedness, support & training.The network is presently organised by M. Niedrig and his team from the Robert Koch-Institut in Berlin.


    Enhancing health security in the Mediterranean basin by supporting capacity building for prevention and control of natural or man-made health threats posed by communicable diseases through a sustainable training programme in intervention epidemiology.
    Contact : Concha Martin de Pando, MediPIET- Liaison Officer.

    ECDCEuropean Centre for Disease prevention and Control

    LOVCEN - Montenegro

    Surveillance of invasive and native mosquito vectors and pathogens they transmit in Montenegro. Their partner networks can be found here.
    Contact in MediLabSecure: Igor Pajovic

    EDENext & EDENext Data

    Biology and control of vector-borne infections in Europe

    Emerging viral vector-borne diseases

    European Network for Neglected Vectors and Vector-Borne Infections

    SECID Southeast European Center For Surveillance And Control Of Infectious Diseases 

  • Other networks

    European research infrastructure on highly pathogenic agents

    Antigone Consortium
    Multidisciplinary consortium, bringing together human medicine and veterinary medicine


    Mediterranée Infection
    Comprehensive medical entomology online course material (French)


    Online collaborative tool for sharing knowledge and experience in field epidemiology

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