ECDC reports address invasive mosquitoes and dengue
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has recently published two technical reports. One addresses the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes in Europe, while the second examines the climatic suitability for dengue transmission in continental Europe.
Over the course of 95 pages, Guidelines for the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes in Europe examines decision making, collection and identification methods and procedures such as pathogen screening. It also addresses the costing and evaluation of surveillance programmes and has a short overview of how best to communicate the results to a wider public.
The second technical report, The climatic suitability for dengue transmission in continental Europe, is written by researchers from Oxford University in the UK and assesses which areas of the continent could be most amenable for dengue transmission. Both reports can be downloaded from the publications section of the ECDC website .
• This week The Lancet published online detailed results of the first ever efficacy study of a candidate dengue vaccine. The article details the results of a clinical efficacy study of the Sanofi Pasteur candidate dengue vaccine carried out in Thailand, involving 4,002 children aged 4 to 11 years. Sanofi Pasteur says the results show the ability of the vaccine candidate to protect against dengue fever caused by three dengue virus types and also confirms the excellent safety profile of the vaccine candidate. More details are available on the Sanofi Pasteur and The Lancet websites.