EMCA participation in the first conference of AIM Cost Action
From 13-14 February, 2019, the first annual conference of the Aedes Invasive Mosquito (AIM) Cost Action (http://www.aedescost.eu/) took place in Athens (Greece).
The main aim of this action is to establish a transboundary network of partners and institutions across Europe to cost-effectively address the management of the risk of introduction and spread of Exotic Invasive Aedes Mosquito Borne Viruses (EAIMBV; e.g. dengue, DENV; yellow fever, YFV; chikungunya, CHIKV; Japanese encephalitis, JEV, and ZIKAV) .
The surveillance and control of Aedes albopictus and other Aedes Invasive Mosquito (AIM) species and the management of the risk of introduction and spread of EAIMBV in Europe require multidisciplinary research, cost-effective conventional/innovative methods, strong linkage between academics, public health (PH) professionals and policy-makers at the National and international level, as well as more a integrated private sector and a better informed and aware society.
|During the conference representatives of the WHO (World Health Organization) and the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) were exposing the ongoing activities on Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes in Europe, while Dr. Rubén Bueno was invited to represent the EMCA, giving a talk about the state of the art and current challenges concerning the control of Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes (AIM) in Europe. The potential synergies between EMCA and AIM Cost Action to achieve the common goal of the reduction of the impact of Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes in Europe were deeply discussed.|
Undoubtedly the European Mosquito Control Association which recruits the most important professionals involved in mosquito control from all over Europe, should and will play a key role as a prioritary partner or main collaborator of the AIM Cost Action for the next years.