Last update: 4 July 2014
- European Network for Diagnostics of ‘Imported’ Viral Diseases (ENIVD)
- France: Centre National d'Expertise sur les Vecteurs (CNEV)
- VBORNET – European Network for Arthropod Vector Surveillance for Human Public Health
European Network for Diagnostics of ‘Imported’ Viral Diseases (ENIVD)
Through Ebola epidemics in Zaire and Gabon, the introduction of West Nile virus into the Americas, SARS, Chikungunya, and Avian Influenza over recent years, we all became aware that dangerous infections could be imported into Europe in a very short time. Because of such emerging problems and due to the great number of viral pathogens it is necessary to
establish a European network of collaboration in this field. The improvement of diagnostics of these ‘imported’ and emerging virus infections is the most important step in detecting the pathogens and dealing with them. Therefore a European collaboration in the area of diagnostics of these virus infections is necessary. ENIVD is a network founded in 1995 with funding from the European Community and is now (partly) funded by ECDC. It started with five members from three countries and has grown considerably, now including 57 member institutions from 28 European countries.
In annual meetings scientists from laboratories working in the field of diagnostics of ‘imported’ viral diseases build up a network and have worked out objectives to be addressed in this collaboration:
- Maintain a network of European laboratories working on the diagnostic of ‘imported’, rare and emerging viral infections
- Identify relevant viral infections and standard assays and co-ordinate early response activities
- Work out recommendations for standardisation, bio-safety requirements, and quality control
- Optimise limited resources by exchanging reagents, methodologies, and expertise
- Encourage regular contact (meetings, training) within the network, with other networks and with organisations such as ECDC, WHO, and CDC.
In 2008 ENIVD started a strong alliance with the ECDC on the programme: ‘Establishment of a Collaborative Network of European Laboratories for Outbreak Assistance and Support’ and developed the additional project ‘The ENIVD Collaborative Laboratory Response Network (ENIVD-CLRN)’. This task is funded by ECDC; the main network is kept going by the members’ own contributions.
Further details can be found at: www.enivd.org
France: Centre National d'Expertise sur les Vecteurs (CNEV)
Le Centre National d'Expertise sur les Vecteurs (CNEV) est une structure multidisciplinaire permettant de mobiliser rapidement et efficacement, dans une perspective d'aide à la décision, l'ensemble de l'expertise et des compétences françaises dans les domaines de l'entomologie médicale et vétérinaire, de la lutte anti-vectorielle et des sciences humaines et sociales appliquées à la Lutte Anti-Vectorielle.
France's National Centre for Expertise on Vectors (CNEV) is a multidisciplinary organisation which aims to aid decision making by making it possible to mobilise, rapidly and efficiently, all the French expertise and competences in the fields of medical and veterinary entomology, disease vector control and the social and applied sciences concerned with vector control.
Pour plus d'informations : www.cnev.fr
VBORNET – European Network for Arthropod Vector Surveillance for Human Public Health
The objective of VBORNET is to establish a European Network of entomological and public health specialists in order to assist ECDC in its preparedness activities on vector-borne diseases (VBD). This will be achieved in three steps:
- Establishment of the VBORNET consortium which will develop the VBORNET network and the VBORNET inventory.
- Establishment of a VBORNET network of contributing members who are representative of the wide range of vector-borne disease related research and public health (PH) activities currently ongoing in Europe. One of its main tasks in year one will be to set the basis for Pan-European administrative unit distribution maps of the major arthropod vectors of diseases. Subscription is on a voluntary basis.
- Establishment of a VBORNET inventory which aims at making an exhaustive catalogue of VBD and related public health (PH) activities (and expertise) in Europe.
Given the diversity of topics related to VBD in Europe the VBORNET network cannot be seen as a static group, but will be in permanent evolution, with VBORNET network members activated from the VBORNET inventory at any stage according to priorities and technical needs.
Further details can be found at: www.vbornet.eu
Last update: 4 July 2014