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.

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.