[Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), full page: (LINK). Edited.]
Latest ECDC maps on vector distribution introducing enhanced information on spread of mosquitoes, ticks and sandflies in Europe
21 Mar 2013
ECDC publishes today the latest maps on the geographical distribution of exotic mosquitoes, sandlfies and ticks in Europe, the new maps updated with a more detailed classification of the geographical presence of vector species.
The new maps display more comprehensive information on the geographical distribution of both invasive and indigenous species, to allow a better overview of the actual spread of the species.
Two categories have been introduced for the presence of invasive mosquito species, distinguishing established and introduced populations.
`Introduced’ presence refers to a situation where the species has been observed but without confirmed establishment and ‘established’ presence – where there has been evidence of reproduction and overwintering of the mosquito species.
There are also two new categories for absence of indigenous tick and sandfly species: ‘observed absence’ and ‘anticipated absence’.
‘Anticipated absence’ indicates that the species has never been reported in the area and experts estimate a high probability of absence, while the ‘observed absence’ is species’ absence confirmed by evidence, such as field surveys or studies on the species concerned.
The maps show the current known distribution of the vector species at ‘regional’ administrative level (NUTS3). They are published regularly on the website to provide the ECDC stakeholders and the general public with the most up-to-date information on vector distribution.
Outcome of collaborative work of the VBORNET network, the maps are based on data collected by the network members.
The group includes medical entomologists and public health experts across Europe, and the network is funded by ECDC. ECDC continues to improve the data collection for the maps: the VBORNET network is therefore looking for experts in vector-borne diseases who are interested in sharing data and networking (experts can contact VBORNET at firstname.lastname@example.org).
See and download latest maps on vector distribution (updated December 2012):