Project Description
The “Integrated surveillance and control programme for West Nile virus and malaria in Greece (MALWEST)” is funded by Operational Programme entitled “Human Resources Development” of National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013 through the Greek Ministry of Health. MALWEST is coordinated by the Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology at the University of Thessaly (Greece). The project, launched in January 2012, will run for a 24-month period (until 31st December 2013).

The aim of the project is the development of an Integrated Control programme related to West Nile virus (surveillance for human cases, mosquito surveillance, avian surveillance, and equine surveillance) and malaria (surveillance for human cases, mosquito surveillance). The main objectives of the programme are: 1) the detection of the West Nile virus and malaria plasmodium activity and their impact on public health, 2) the detection of the geographic regions with the greatest risk and the development of risk assessment tools by using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 3) the prediction of spreading of the disease and 4) the assessment of appropriate interventions.

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