The Netherlands is particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes due to its water-dominated landscape, dense humans and livestock population and the expected establishment of new mosquito species such as Aedes albopictus. Separated and reaction-based research efforts into the numerous factors interplaying in the emergence of viral outbreaks, however results in disconnected research findings and critical factors unstudied. The One Health PACT is a research collaboration of experts in a wide variety of fields relevant for infectious disease outbreaks, ranging from ecological and climate modelling to medical entomology, virology and public health.
The One Health PACT project takes place within a multidisciplinary research field. The aim of our project is to extensively look into all aspects of preparedness of potential arboviral introduction and spread. To reach this goal, many partners from different fields are involved. Among those partners are the universities, where our PhD students and Post-doc are located. In addition to that, the NWO financed this project together with several co-financiers that all provide their expertise in different research fields. Lastly, there are national and international collaborating partners involved in the project by sharing data and knowledge with our researchers. An overview of all the partners is given below.
On the news page of our website you can find updates on our projects and news articles on exciting findings and events within our project.
Joyce van Bree (one of the One Health PACT Phd canidates) has been awarded with the Rob Goldbach Virology MSc thesis prize 2020. This prize is handed out every two years for the best master thesis delivered for examination at the Laboratory of Virology in Wageningen.
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Afgelopen week is bij een man een infectie met het westnijlvirus vastgesteld. De man is niet recent in het buitenland geweest. Hij heeft het virus mogelijk in de regio Utrecht opgelopen door een muggenbeet. In deze regio zijn in augustus en september vogels en muggen gevonden met het westnijlvirus. Het is de eerste keer dat een infectie met dit virus is gevonden bij een persoon die het heeft opgelopen in Nederland.
A migratory bird tested positive for West Nile Virus in the Netherlands. The bird was caught in August during routine sampling in the region of Utrecht. West Nile Virus is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, making it a type of an arbovirus. Humans, and other mammalian species such as horses, are susceptible to the virus. This is the first time the virus has been detected in the Netherlands.