ITC Conference grant call for proposals - for early year investigators & PhD students - applications are now closed

ITC Conference Grants aim at supporting PhD students and Early Career Investigators from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries to attend international scientific meetings related to the topic of the AIM-COST, meetings that are not organised by this COST Action. Calls for the second Grant Period were open between the 6th and the 31st of May 2019. ITC Conference Grants supported in this Grant Period should take place until the 31th of March 2020.

Detection of a new Aedes invasive species reported in Europe - Aedes flavopictus, Netherlands, June 2019

Ibanez-Justicia et al 2019 - EurosurveillanceOn 13 June 2019, in a sample of mosquitoes captured in the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands during routine surveillance, a specimen was recognised as potentially belonging to an exotic species. Based on the molecular analysis of the specimen, we concluded that it belonged to Aedes flavopictus (Yamada, 1921).


Latest AIM-COST publication outlining arboviral screening of invasive Aedes species in Northern Turkey

Akiner et el PLOS NTDThe recent reports of Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus populations in Turkey, in parallel with the territorial expansion identified in several surrounding countries, have raised concerns about the establishment and re-establishment of these invasive Aedes mosquitoes in Turkey. This cross-sectional study was performed to detect Aedes aegypti and Ae.

AIM COST Questionnaire on Guidelines for Aedes Mosquito Surveillance and Control

We have now received 115 answers. Thank you very much to all who replied. A workshop was held in Brussels on the 1-2 April to discuss the way forward. The minutes are linked below. Analysis has begun on the questionnaire We will post a summary of the preliminary findings in the near future. We plan to re-open the questionnaire at some point in the future for additional responses from ECDC country focal points and from contacts suggested by questionnaire respondents.

The Challenge

The surveillance and control of Aedes albopictus and other Aedes Invasive Mosquito (AIM) species and the management of the risk of introduction and spread of Exotic Invasive Aedes Mosquito Borne Viruses (EAIMBV; e.g. dengue, DENV; yellow fever, YFV; chikungunya, CHIKV; Japanese encephalitis, JEV, and ZIKAV) in Europe require multidisciplinary research, cost-effective conventional/innovative methods, strong linkage between academics, public health (PH) professionals and policy-makers at the National and international level, as well as more a integrated private sector and a better informed and aware society.

Action Plan Summary

In tropical areas, Aedes mosquitos cause >100m symptomatic cases/year of viral diseases, such as dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika, and thousands of deaths. With increasing trade and travel, several Aedes species have been introduced into Europe and are now spreading spectacularly rapidly becoming a widespread significant public health risk which needs to be effectively addressed, as testified by recent cases of autochthonous chikungunya and dengue transmission.