On February 27 and 28, 2023, the Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC) hosted the first kick-off meeting of the new E4Warning Project coordinated and led by Dr. Frederic Bartumeus of the department of theoretical ecology of the CEAB.
Eco-Epidemiological Intelligence for Early Warning and response to Mosquito-borne disease risk in Endemic and Emergence Settings
E4Warning is an holistic approach to improve our understanding of the interplay between humans, mosquitoes, reservoir species and the environment for a better disease intelligence capable of anticipating and identifying mosquito-borne diseases epidemic risk and outbreaks.
Mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and West Nile fever, are emerging and re-emerging worldwide because of climate change and globalisation. Every year, an estimated 390 million dengue infections occur around the world, resulting in up to 36,000 deaths. The burden of these diseases is highest in tropical and subtropical areas, but increasing numbers of autochthonous case are being reported from European countries since 2010, raising concerns about the potential for the establishment of these pathogens in temperate regions.
The E4Warning consortium involves 12 organisations from Spain, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and UK
The consortium is high complementary in expertise and disciplinary backgrounds, including entomology, movement ecology, epidemiology, Earth Observation, sensors engineering, citizen science expertise, and spatial statistical modelling.
The methodologies will follow an open innovation model, including both public and private R&I, and stakeholders and citizenship following a Quadruple Helix (QH) model.
E4Warning has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme (HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions) under Grant Agreement 101086640