The Problem

The vectors through which animal, plant and human diseases spread around the world are becoming more mobile. The causes of this change are complex, multifaceted, and will not be easily reversed.

The growth of world trade and international travel has opened up routes for disease vectors, such as the tiger mosquito, to reach new territories worldwide.

Global warming is increasing the risk of the introduction of new pathogens in local or newly established vector populations.



This new threat to humans, animals and crops calls for management which is based on accurate risk assessment. However, mapping the presence of a novel disease vector in the wild is a complex, multi-staged task.
If it is not done right, the mapping will fail to produce insights for management and policy. For example, a wealth of accurate information is needed to drive an effective surveillance or elimination programme.


Vectrack

Vectrack solves this problem by supporting every stage of the vector mapping process from planning the placement of sensors, to implementing it, analysing the species detected, mapping them in the context of the local environment, and generating analyses that can be used to visualise and manage the spread of novel disease vectors.



News

The use of emerging technologies for regulation

The UK Government has published a study of emerging technologies, where they have included VECTRACK

AI and COVID-19 pandemic: How Businesses are Adapting to the New Normal

The current global health pandemic has forced many companies to kick-start and accelerate their digital transformation journey – bringing along a widespread IoT and AI adoption. Connected solutions are proving their worth in today’s crisis, making them a critical part of many organization’s near-term technology roadmap. This includes the Healthcare industry itself.

AIM-COST ACTION (CA 17108) - 1ST TRAINING SCHOOL

This action aimed at establishing a transboundary network of partners and institutions across Europe and to facilitate co-ordinated multidisciplinary research. It identified and filled knowledge gaps, attempted on optimize and harmonize mosquito surveillance and control approaches and raise awareness on the risks caused by Aedes invasive mosquitoes. The 1st AIM-COST Training School was focused on harmonizing AIM surveillance across Europe with the goal to implement a standardized Pan-European monitoring scheme in summer 2020 and beyond.

VIGILÂNCIA DE VETORES – MOSQUITOS E CARRAÇAS

The aim of this workshop was to provide essential knowledge to public health and environmental technicians, as other health and vet technicians, in the biology of arthropod vectors of infectious diseases, namely mosquito and ticks, and on the current technologies and methodologies available for vector monitoring and control. This action was taken under the National Network for Vector Surveillance (REVIVE) and the trainees will be in charge of the 2020 surveillance activities (field work) under the REVIVE.

Kick-off of VECTRACK

Aedes albopictus is ranked as the most invasive mosquito species in the world. Aedes albopictus is very difficult to suppress or control due to their remarkable adaptability to various environments, close contact with humans, and reproductive biology. Although it is native to tropical and subtropical regions, is successfully adapting to cooler EU region.




Partners

IRIDEON SL is a Spanish-German company founded by a multidisciplinary team of engineers with experience in industry and academia. Since 2011 this team provides technical consultancy services and solutions to SMEs and research organizations throughout Europe, primarily in the field of information and communications technologies (ICT) and sensor systems.
The IRTA-CReSA Animal Health Research Center is a center of the Institute for Research and Agrifood Technology (IRTA) , an institute affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of the Generalitat de Catalunya. IRTA-CReSA's research is part of the Animal Production Area and the Animal Health Program .
Avia-GIS bvba, “Agriculture and Veterinary Information and Analysis” is a Belgian SME founded in 2001 that specializes in the collection, processing and analysis of spatial information as a basis for the development of data driven space-time information systems applied to veterinary and public health in general and (emerging) zoonoses and vector-borne diseases (VBD) in particular.
The National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (Instituto Ricardo Jorge) is a public body integrated in the indirect administration of the State, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, endowed with scientific, technical, administrative, financial autonomy and its own assets.


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