The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) uses MINTRISK, a Method for INTegrated RISK assessment for infectious diseases in animals, for assessing and ranking the risk of a large number of vector-borne diseases. These are diseases that are transferred via insects (a vector), this can, for example, occur between animals and humans. The tool is developed jointly by Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) and Wageningen Economic Research, both part of Wageningen University and Research.
Vector borne diseases & MINTRISK
Following a request from the European Commission (EC), EFSA’s Panel on Animal Health and Welfare summarised the main characteristics of 36 vector-borne diseases (VDBs) in 36 web-based storymaps. The storymaps have been developed as part of a scientific opinion that will support risk managers to prioritise control measures.
The risk of introduction in the EU through movement of livestock or pets was assessed for each of the 36 VBDs individually, using the MINTRISK model, to ensure a consistent evaluation of each of these infections. The tool is suitable for risk assessment of VDBs of livestock, where a vector is defined as a living species (mostly insects) which can transmit infections between hosts.
Special EFSA-MINTRISK tool
A special version of MINTRISK was developed Especially for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), to help assessing and ranking the risk of this large number of vector-borne diseases. This is a simplified version of the complete tool, with a stronger focus on transparency of the parameter choices.
The tool is publicly available and anybody can see the data and information used by the EFSA experts to reach their conclusions. It will be further improved and new features will be added regularly. More comments and explanations are also still under development.
Check for more information the EFSA website
Check also the EFSA-MINTRISK tool