Mosquito-borne infections are among the most important diseases globally and in Europe (Gubler 2002, Arch Med Res: 330–342). Diseases like West Nile Fever, Chikungunya, Dengue, Usutu and Sindbis have appeared in Europe for the first time or re-emerged during the last decades. Globalization and climate change give opportunity for pathogens and vectors to colonize new areas. The need for mosquito surveillance on a European level has been highlighted in reports from the European Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC 2012 & 2014, Guidelines for the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes, technical report). The cost of managing outbreaks increases every year (e.g. a 2007 vector borne Bluetongue outbreak was estimated at approximately € 6.3 million in Sweden alone).
We expect that researchers, authorities, and consultant companies will use our platform in the future to predict the abundance and outbreaks of invasive species as well as pathogens such as mosquito-borne diseases based on landscape features, climate, biology as well as socio-economic data (e.g. traffic, land use). This will substantially increase the efficiency of surveillance programs. Most importantly it will lower the costs of disease management programs, because outbreaks can be detected in their early phase.
Many tropical countries will be able to use the technology and know how developed here, i.e. especially countries where climate change starts to show dramatic effects on the distribution of mosquito borne-diseases. In this way the platform will contribute to sustainable disease management in Europe and on a global level.