The kick-off of the international project 'Integrative and innovative research for improving surveillance and control of emerging vector-borne diseases of farm animals in Europe and neighbouring countries' will take place on February 18, 2014 in Rabat, Morocco.
Several CVI researchers are involved in this 3 year project. Jeroen Kortekaas and Rianka Vloet will investigate whether European mosquitoes are able to transmit the Rift Valley fever virus (vector competence). Egil Fischer study fine-scale models for understanding and mapping spatial and seasonal hotspots of contact between vectors and wild ruminants at the landscape level, and assess key vector parameters across landscapes where both wild and domestic ruminant hosts may be involved in transmission.
Rob Moormann is member of the scientific committee and Egil Fischer is workpackage leader for fine-scale epidemiology.