Training curriculum on invasive mosquitoes and (re-)emerging vector-borne diseases in the WHO European Region (2016)




2016, vii + 49 pages
ISBN 978 92 890 5220 7

The WHO European Region has experienced an increase in the spread of invasive mosquitoes since the 1990s. In particular, Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti, both known vectors of arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus, have recently spread across parts of the Region. Experts attribute these worrisome developments to a combination of factors, including globalization, increasing international trade and urbanization. The global importance of the arboviruses transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes has also increased dramatically, while effective vaccines and medication are mostly lacking (apart from the effective vaccine against yellow fever). This curriculum aims to provide nonspecialists with an understanding of the key issues related to invasive mosquitoes and (re-)emerging vector-borne diseases, and with the analytical skills to improve strategic planning and implementation of activities in their country context.