Due to international trade, tourism, and climate/ecological changes, mosquito species are transported, or disperse, get introduced and eventually become established in new territories. Authorities, therefore, must remain on guard for the possible presence of exotic species, especially ones that are known vectors of diseases that pose a danger to human and animal health. In this framework, BopCo takes part in the identification of mosquitoes found in strategic sites in Belgium and in African countries where the Belgian Army is deployed. Besides providing essential information to set up mosquito control measures (preventive and active), the projects emphasize the importance of treating army equipment appropriately when returning to Belgium in order to avoid unintentional introductions of exotic mosquito disease vectors.
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Text-by: Eline Sciot