04/2017 - Arboviruses and their vectors: A mapping review
Researchers of the MediLabSecure network have collaboratively mapped arboviruses and their vectors in 16 of the project partner countries in the Balkans, the Middle-East and North Africa.
This work underlines the importance of surveillance and the implementation of adapted control strategies of vector-borne diseases in this Region.
Source: Failloux, A.-B., Bouattour, A., Faraj, C.,Gunay, F., Haddad, N., Harrat, Z., Jancheska E., Kanani K., Kenawy M.-A., KotaM., Pajovic I., Paronyan L., Petric D., Sarih M., Sawalha S., Shaibi T.,Sherifi K., Sulesco T., Velo E., Gaayeb L., Victoir K. & Robert, V. (2017). Surveillance of Arthropod-Borne Viruses and their Vectors in the Mediterraneanand Black Sea Regions within the MediLabSecure Network. Current Tropical Medicine Reports.
Curr Trop Med Rep. 2017;4(1):27-39.doi: 10.1007/s40475-017-0101-y. Epub 2017 Mar 17.
The second regional Meeting and technical workshop on public health of the MediLabSecure project will be held from July 4th to 6th 2017 at the Institut Pasteur in Tunis, Tunisia.
This meeting will mainly focus on Rift Valley fever (RVF) virus.
Countries represented during this meeting will be Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
04/2017 - MOSPICTOQUIZZ / Factsheet #2
As a follow-up to the Medical Entomology training sessions, a new on-line activity "MosPictoQuizz" has been devised within MediLabSecure.
A set of pictures from different mosquitos has been prepared and proposed for identification.
The mystery is now revealed, the solution of MosPictoQuizz #2 was Anopheles sacharovi, an important malaria vector in Eastern Europe and the Balck Sea regions!
Congratulations to everyone who's participated for their efforts!
All MosPictoQuizzes and associated species factsheet are available in the resources page of the MediaLabSecure website.
See you soon for the next MosPictoQuizz !
04/2017 - PREDEMICS Workshop
The PREDEMICS EU-funded project is organizing a workshop " Preparedness, Prediction and Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Viruses: Challenges and Opportunities".
The workshop objectives are to:
The event will be held in Paris on April 6-7th 2017.
- Highlight the socio-economic burden and challenges represented by re-emergence and epidemics due to emerging zoonotic viruses
- Review opportunities based on the results of the PREDEMICS project, that provided identification of risk factors for zoonotic viruses emergence and species barrier crossing, identified conditions of transmission, spread and persistence, and uncovered mechanisms of host-virus interplay that could serve as basis for intervention strategies
- Discuss the way forward towards improved preparedness, prediction and prevention of emerging zoonotic viruses by integration of science, communication, and policy.
You can still register for FREE !
For further information, please contact Soizic Sergeant
03/2017 - Arboviruses: a global picture
Researchers of the MediLabSecure network have collaboratively mapped arboviruses and their vectors in 16 of the partner countries in the Balkans, the Middle-East and North Africa.
underlines the importance of surveillance and the implementation of adapted control strategies of vector-borne diseases.
Citation: Failloux, A.-B., Bouattour, A., Faraj, C., Gunay, F., Haddad, N., Harrat, Z., Jancheska E., Kanani K., Kenawy M.-A., Kota M., Pajovic I., Paronyan L., Petric D., Sarih M., Sawalha S., Shaibi T., Sherifi K., Sulesco T., Velo E., Gaayeb L., Victoir K. & Robert, V. (2017). Surveillance of Arthropod-Borne Viruses and Their Vectors in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions Within the MediLabSecure Network. Current Tropical Medicine Reports. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40475-017-0101-y
03/2017 - MosPictoQuizz / Species#2
Which mosquito species#2 is it? Go to the new species pictures #2 for identification and suggest a species !
Anyone interested in practicing are encouraged to complete the form.
As a follow-up to the Medical Entomology training sessions, a new on-line activity (MosPictoQuizz) has been devised within MediLabSecure. A set of pictures from different mosquitos has been prepared and proposed to the MediLabSecure network members - and beyond- for identification.
All the species to identify and associated species factsheet are available in the resources of the MediaLabSecure website.
02/2017 - Site Visit Armenia
As part of the MediLabSecure activities, meetings with national partners are organized to get a sense of the laboratories environment and discuss in more detail ongoing activities and possible collaborations within the project priorities.
The last site visit was to Armenia in November 2016. We are extremely grateful to our Armenian partners, in particular to Dr. Lusine Paronyan, who were very welcoming and provided the best conditions for fruitful discussions.
Armenia Site visit MediLabSecure from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.
01/2017 - Newsletter 3
The 3rd Newsletter of the project has been released! Read it online, and be sure you receive future edition by subscribing !
If you missed previous newsletter, you can read them here as well.
Moreover, newsletters specific to the medical entomology working group activities are also released regularly, and can be accessed here.
01/2017 - Free online course in medical entomology
This MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) will focus on mosquitoes, other hematophagous insects and ticks, arbovirosis and parasitic diseases and on new approaches for a better control of these animals.
The course is free and accessible online here. It will start of February 6th 2017, but you can already register!
FUN-MOOC : Medical Entomology par fr-universite-numerique
The course will focus on the insects and arthropods that impact human health as well as the associated diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Zika, Lyme borreliosis, Chagas disease, etc.
The countries of the intertropical zone are primarily concerned by these vector-borne diseases, but temperate zones become more and more concerned because of the recent introduction of vectorial diseases and spread of invasive vector species.
Understanding the relationships between vectors, pathogens and vertebrates is fundamental in the study of vector-borne diseases.
12/2016 - Happy new year 2017 !
MediLabSecure wishes all its partners, collaborators and friends an excellent new year 2017 !
Please feel free to download and use this card in a low resolution or high resolution format to send your wishes to your One Health collaborators.
12/2016 - MeSA study visit in GeoRgia
The MediLabSecure Situation Analysis (MESA) Study is a qualitative situational analysis involving human, animal and entomology sectors of vector borne disease surveillance in three countries of the MediLabSecure network : Serbia, Tunisia and Georgia.
The last study visit took place in Georgia from December 13th to 15th 2016.
Stakeholders involved in the Study in Georgia (NCDC - Tbilisi, December 15th 2016)
The current Zika virus emergence has highlighted the global need to conduct comprehensive risk assessments and develop preparedness activities against arboviral threats. An article published in BMC Public Health examines how the actions and strategies implemented by the MediLabSecure network contribute to the prevention and control of the Zika virus threat in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
To cite this article, please use:
Risk of Zika virus transmission in the Euro-Mediterranean area and the added value of building preparedness to arboviral threats from a One Health perspective. Escadafal C, Gaayeb L, Riccardo F, Pérez-Ramírez E, Picard M4, Dente MG, Fernández-Pinero J, Manuguerra JC, Jiménez-Clavero MÁ, Declich S, Victoir K, Robert V. BMC Public Health. 2016 Dec 3;16(1):1219. PMID: 27914465. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3831-1
The first Regional Meeting and second technical workshop on public health of the MediLabSecure project was held from November 15th to 17th 2016, in Belgrade, Serbia.
This regional and multi-disciplinary meeting, especially focusing in Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) virus, was an opportunity to discuss current and common public health issues in the scope of the MediLabSecure project.
Countries represented during this meeting will be Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Watch this 3-minutes video to get an impression on the meeting!
MediLabSecure Regional meeting, Belgrade, Nov 2016 from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.
To know more about this meeting (pictures, video, report, etc), click here
The second workshop of the MediLabSecure human virology work package took place in Casablanca, Morocco, from the 24th to the 28th October 2016.
The objective of this workshop was to train the participants for the international shipping of infectious substances, to develop capacity building in biorisk management and to enhance exchanges within the human virology and the medical entomology networks.
Have a look at the workshop content
The MediLabSecure Situation Analysis on integrated surveillance of arboviruses in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Region (MeSA Study) is being carried out by the MediLabSecure Public Health Working Group.
The MESA Study is a qualitative situational analysis involving human, animal and entomology sectors of vector borne disease surveillance in three countries of the MediLabSecure network : Serbia, Tunisia and Georgia.
The main objective of the Study is to describe how the collection, analysis and dissemination/exchange of information is organized within and between human, animal and entomological surveillance of arboviruses with the final aim of contributing to the integration of laboratory/clinical human, animal and entomological surveillance of arboviruses in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region and encourage inter-sectoral collaboration.
Lessons learned, success stories and main challenges in establishing a functional inter-sectoral collaboration and integration of surveillance in these three countries will be discussed in a Strategic Document to be shared with MediLabSecure Partners and other interested Institutions.
The study visit in Serbia took place from 5 to 7 July 2016, in Tunisia from 11 to 13 October, and it will take place in Georgia from 13 to 15 December 2016.
Stakeholdersinvolved in the Study in Serbia (Batut Public Health Institute - Belgrade, July 7th 2016)
Stakeholders involved in the Study in Tunisia (DSSB MoH – Tunis, October 13th 2016)