Tick Borne Encephelitis case study

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) as a model for endemic pathogens transmitted by endemic vectors

TBE is a human viral infectious disease occurring in many parts of Europe and Asia,  The virus, belonging to the Flavivirus genus, is transmitted by the bite of infected ticks, found in woodland habitats.

TBE has become a growing public health challenge in Europe and other parts of the world. The number of human cases of TBE in all endemic regions of Europe has increased by almost 400% in the last 30 years; the risk areas have spread and new foci have been discovered and TBE has been included as one of the biggest health threats arising from environmental change.

To enhance national and international preparedness and response to current and future spread of vector-borne diseases, MOOD has dedicated one case study to TBE.

TBE Covariates Dashboard

This tool allows to explore metadata about environmental and ecological covariates adopted in literature, with respect to tick-
borne encephalitis.

The dashboard is based on the results of a literature review performed on articles published between 2000 and 2021, focusing on European countries.
We included primary research studies, modeling studies proposing quantitative analysis using explanatory variables (e.g. variables related to environment, vector and hosts ecology) and data collections with abstract and full-text document available in English. Studies with no data or with duplicated data were excluded (patents, editorials, letters, modelling studies with no data). We also excluded records with no denominator, no identified reference population, full-text document unavailable, low quality (or quality not assessable), and referring to data older than 2000 or gathered outside Europe.

Contact: Fondazione Edmund Mach, Applied Ecology Unit

Francesca Dagostin – francesca.dagostin@fmach.it