EDENext has identified five vector groups for study, including not only arthropods but also rodents and insectivores, which harbour a wide range of pathogens (viruses, bacteria and parasites), some of them infective to humans without the intervention of arthropod vectors, such as Hantaviruses and Bunyaviridae.
These vector groups are tick-borne diseases (TBD) (Acari, Ixodidae), rodent and insectivore-borne diseases (rainbo), mosquito-borne diseases (MBD) (Diptera, Culicicae), Culicoides-borne diseases (CBD) (Diptera, Ceratopogonidae) and sand fly or Phlebotome-borne diseases (PhBD) (Diptera, Psychodidae).
To provide focus and produce specific results concerning vector-borne diseases (VBD) in Europe, a range of relevant diseases has been selected. The selection criteria used were (i) diseases with insufficient epidemiological knowledge or control measures to produce efficient intervention programmes and (ii) priority diseases for European public health agencies (taken from the results of the V-Borne expert consultation launched in 2008 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
In these pages you can find more details about the diseases, and details of how EDENext will be structuring its research to meet the challenges they present.