In the framework of “One Health”, a High Strategy Meeting was organized in mini-Rondeel for participants from seven EU countries. There they discussed the direct and indirect effect of the poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) on human health, with direct effects from a bite from this bloodsucking mite.
Experts on human and veterinary health, pest control, occupational and environmental hazards, and animal husbandry, discussed methods of identification and determination of clinical aspects and prevalence of Dermanyssus gallinae on humans. Also occupational health effects on animal care takers and the effects of treatment(methods) against D. gallinae (poultry red mite) on human health were discussed. People not involved in laying hen husbandry can come in contact with the poultry red mite coming from abandoned bird nests.
This High Strategy Meeting was part of the COST action FA 1404-COREMI “Improving current understanding and research for sustainable control of the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae”. This meeting was facilitated by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), Wageningen UR Livestock Research, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and mini-Rondeel Amsterdam.