- Jul 2019 - Dec 2019
- Irene Losada Galván
Emerging and re-emerging vector borne diseases represent a major challenge worldwide. In the recent years, mosquito-borne viral epidemics such as dengue, chikungunya or zika have occurred in many regions, increasing their distribution and incidence, as well as their impact on health and socioeconomic outcomes.
In Catalonia, the tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus is a competent vector for these arboviruses. It was introduced in 2004 and has remained in the territory since then, including heavy urban areas such as Barcelona. Around 250 imported cases of chikungunya, dengue and zika are reported in the territory annually. Thus, Catalunya has been considered at a moderate-to-high risk of introduction and autochthonous transmission, with the first report of dengue virus detection in local Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in 2015, and the first autochthonous transmission case reported in November 2018.
AVATAR aims to:
- evaluate arboviral infections in adults without recent travel history living in the vicitiny of confirmed imported cases of dengue, chikungunya and Zika during the months of highest vector activity
- evaluate the use of active surveillance mechanisms for mosquito-borne diseases with potential for emergence in Catalonia
- inform public health authorities about available enhanced surveillance systems
The project will be performed in collaboration with the Barcelona Public Health Agency and the Instituto de Salud Carlos III.
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New chemotherapy regimens and biomarkers for Chagas Disease
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Combating Bacterial Resistance In Europe
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Combatting Bacterial Resistance in Europe - Carbapenem Resistancehttps://www.imi.europa.eu/content/combacte-care
Prioritising Antimicrobial Resistance: establishing an interdisciplinary International Research Partnership to tackle an evolving global health threat
An interdisciplinary International Research Partnership to tackle an evolving global health threat
Development of new metal-antibiotics against pathogens causing chronic infections in patients with cystic fibrosis.
New metal-antibiotics for patients with cystic fibrosis
Non-invasive ultrasound-based screening for meningitis: Proof-of concept in infants
Improved case detection through TB contact risk stratification by Xpert results and spatial parameters in Mozambique
Evaluation of the effect of weekly high dose rifapentine and isoniazid (3HP) vs periodic 3HP vs 6H for preventing TB among HIV-positive individualshttps://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02980016
Search for new target proteins and use of antibacterial or inhibitory peptides against resistance mechanisms in 'Acinetobacter baumannii'
Development of New Metalloantibiotics Against Pathogens Associated to Chronic Infections in Cystic Fibrosis Patients
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Integrating and decentralizing diabetes and hypertension services in Africa