One Health surveillance and Vector monitoring for cross-border pathogens

OH SURVector

Project description

Zoonoses are infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans. The majority of all human infectious diseases worldwide are caused by zoonotic pathogens. Ticks and mosquitoes can transmit infectious diseases as vectors, thus leading to vector-borne diseases (VBDs). VBDs account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases in humans, resulting in over 700,000 deaths annually. VBDs are largely preventable through vector control. Strengthened monitoring and surveillance systems are key success factors for efficient and targeted vector control.

The OH SURVector project aims to establish a nationwide mosquito and tick monitoring system to create a One Health surveillance system for emerging pathogens. This project focuses on mosquito-borne West Nile virus, tick-borne encephalitis virus, Lyme disease bacteria, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus. Project activities include nationwide collection and sampling of vectors, species identification, pathogen screening, capacity expansion in laboratories, and establishment of national vector databases for the joint utilization of vector data. The OH SURVector project will address knowledge gaps associated with missing data on both vector and pathogen presence, as well as geographical and temporal patterns of vector abundance and pathogen spread.

Project profile

Project title One Health surveillance and Vector monitoring for cross-border pathogens
Project acronym OH SURVector
Project coordination Annette Nigsch (AGES)

Eight institutions from five countries: Austria (AGES), Czech Republic (SZU), Greece (EODY, AUTH, ELGO), Hungary (NCPHP, NFSCO), and Slovakia (UVMP)

Funding EU4Health Work Program CP-g-22-04.01 (HaDEA)
Project duration January 2024 – December 2026 (36 months)


Consortium partners

Project objectives

Together the consortium has defined the following objectives for surveillance activities over the next three years:

  1. the early warning of new tick and mosquito species that can transmit zoonotic pathogens,
  2. the early detection of newly introduced pathogens by ticks and mosquitoes,
  3. the early detection of changes in the geographical distribution of vectors and pathogens with a focus on Borrelia spp. and West Nile virus, and
  4. the strengthening of cross-sector cooperation in the sense of an integrated One Health approach.

News and activities

On March 18th and 19th 2024, the kick-off meeting of the EU project OH SURVector took place in Budapest, Hungary. Colleagues from all five countries and all eight institutions attended to get to know each other personally and establish exchanges within and between the individual working groups.

After a welcome by the hosts Ágnes Dánielisz and Gábor Kardos from the Hungarian Public Health Institute (NCPHP) on the first day, project coordinator Annette Nigsch (AGES), together with former Hungarian Chief Veterinary Officer Lajos Bognár, took over moderation. To break the ice, the two most important terms of the project were initially exchanged in the respective national languages: mosquito & tick. Subsequently, the visions, goals, dos and don'ts were jointly reaffirmed.

Also present were representatives from EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) and HaDEA (European Health and Digital Executive Agency) to provide insights into ongoing tasks, explain the most important framework conditions for project implementation, and answer our open questions. The cultural program consisted of a sightseeing walk at Heroes' Square and to Vajdahunyad Castle, followed by a great Hungarian dinner at the traditional Gundel Restaurant.

On the second day, work was carried out within the individual working groups on the first milestones and deliverables. Furthermore, Annette Nigsch presented the Consortium Agreement.

A big thank you to the hosts for jointly organizing the successful kick-off meeting. We wish all participants good cooperation and success in catching mosquitoes and ticks!

Results and downloads

Aktualisiert: 13.05.2024