Mosquito-borne diseases in the Netherlands

Arnold van Vliet, Wageningen University

In 2020, the West Nile virus, transmitted by the common house mosquito, appeared for the first time in The Netherlands. Laboratory research has demonstrated that an increase in temperature will increase the likeliness of West Nile transmission in our country. As a result, people will get ill and some will die after a mosquito bite. It will require massive mosquito control, including the use of pesticides. We need to prevent further climate change but also the restoration of nature to increase populations of natural enemies of mosquitoes like birds.
With our citizen science network we monitor and analyse the variation of mosquito nuisance in space and time to better assess the risk and possible response activities in case of a further spread of mosquito-borne diseases. The prevention of a further expansion of the West Nile virus can only be done with stringent European policies. #EuropeForNature,

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