2nd AIM-COST ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020, Lisbon, Portugal 12th-13th February

Mosquito-borne diseases emerging or re-emerging in Europe are a serious cause of concern to human health. CA 17108 AIM-Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes (AIM) aims at establishing a transboundary network of partners and institutions across Europe and to facilitate co-ordinated multidisciplinary research. It presently, includes academics, public health officers, private companies and stakeholders from x COST Full Member Countries, x Near-Neighbouring Countries and x International Countries

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1st TRAINING SCHOOL - Harmonizing Aedes Invasive Mosquito (AIM) surveillance across Europe 13-17 Jan 2020

OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING SCHOOL: Provide the theoretical basis and develop the practical skills for the implementation of harmonized AIM surveillance in Europe, with the final goal of a pan-European monitoring effort in following mosquito breeding seasons.

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Publication: Complex interplay of evolutionary forces shaping population genomic structure of invasive Aedes albopictus in southern Europe

Pischler2019NTDStudying the genomes of invasive populations allows for the tracing of invasion processes.  In this study, the authors have focused on the invasion of Albania, Italy and Greece by the Asian tiger mosquito,Aedes albopictus' one of the most successful invasive animal species worldwide.

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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).

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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.