Current and predicted environmental and socio-economic changes imply that vector-borne diseases (VBD) are likely to become an increasing challenge for human and veterinary public health in Europe and the rest of the world. We need to anticipate their establishment and spread by developing specific research programmes and innovative surveillance and control strategies that can be translated into tools quickly brought into action for a better cost-efficient control of VBD.
In this frame, the FP7-KBBE Vmerge project (Emerging, Viral Vector-Borne Diseases) intends to establish a continuum between field and experimental research, and vector/VBD surveillance. This will lead to the identification of emerging risks of VBD for Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, and the implementation of improved surveillance strategies in this region, as well as in the Sahelian region of Africa, through a reinforced North-South partnership.
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