VectAbundance: a spatio-temporal database of vector observations

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Daniele Da Re, Giovanni Marini, Carmelo Bonannella, Fabrizio Laurini, Mattia Manica, Nikoleta Anicic, Alessandro Albieri, Paola Angelini, Daniele Arnoldi, Marharyta Blaha, Federica Bertola, Beniamino Caputo, Claudio De Liberato, Alessandra della Torre, Eleonora Flacio, Alessandra Franceschini, Francesco Gradoni, Përparim Kadriaj, Valeria Lencioni, Irene Del Lesto, Francesco La Russa, Riccardo Paolo Lia, Fabrizio Montarsi, Domenico Otranto, Gregory L'Ambert, Annapaola Rizzoli, Pasquale Rombolà, Federico Romiti, Gionata Stancher, Alessandra Torina, Enkelejda Velo, Chiara Virgilito, Fabiana Zandonai, Roberto Rosà


Modelling approaches play a crucial role in supporting local public health agencies by estimating and forecasting vector abundance and seasonality. However, the reliability of these models is contingent on the availability of standardized, high-quality data. Addressing this need, our study focuses on collecting and harmonizing egg count observations of Aedes albopictus, obtained through ovitraps in monitoring and surveillance efforts across Albania, France, Italy, and Switzerland from 2010 to 2022. We processed the raw observations to obtain a continuous time series of ovitraps observations allowing for an extensive geographical and temporal coverage of Ae. albopictus population dynamics. The resulting post-processed observations are stored in the open-access database VectAbundance, currently hosting data for Ae. albopictus. Future database releases may include observational data for other medically significant vectors, such as the common house mosquito Culex pipiens or the tick Ixodes ricinus. This initiative addresses the critical need for accessible, high-quality data, enhancing the reliability of modelling efforts and bolstering public health preparedness.



Entomology, Environmental Public Health, Epidemiology, Life Sciences, Zoology


invasive mosquito species, Time-series, vector-borne disease, Time-series, vector-borne disease


Published: 2023-12-22 01:05

Last Updated: 2023-12-23 00:13

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