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Tick-borne diseases in the Barents region and western coast of Norway

Project title Tick-borne diseases in the Barents region and western coast of Norway
Database Data manually inserted in the NDPHS Database
ID in the source database 1464
Thematic area
  • Public Health Epidemiology
  • Public Health Practice and Policy
Topic Interregional collaboration and capacity building by exchange off technological and surveillance concerning tick-borne diseases in the region.
Project geographical area
  • Norway
  • Russia
Substate level / administrative units /regions
  • Arkhangelsk Oblast
  • Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Karelia Republic
  • Leningrad Oblast
  • Pskov Oblast
  • St. Petersburg
  • Norwegian Partners: Norwegian institute of Public Health (NIPH): department of Virology (SMVI) and department of Pest Control (SMAS), Sykehuset Sørlandet HF (SSHF), The Norwegian school of veterinary Science at Rogaland, University of Northern Norway (UNN), University College at Telemark (HiT).
Lead partner (organisation) Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Lead partner (owner or/and project manager) no data
Partner organisations no data
Start date 2013-01-01
End date 2015-12-31
Duration (months) 36
Target audience 1. Direct beneficiaries. NIPH and Directorate of Rospotrebnadzor in the Republic of Karelia and Directorate of Rospotrebnadzor in the Leningrad Oblast, Russia. 2. Indirect beneficiaries. Norwegian institutions – Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) (SMVIog SMAS), Sykehuset Sørlandet HF (SSHF) and University of Agder (UIA), The Norwegian school of veterinary Science at Rogaland, University of Northern Norway (UNN), University College at Telemark (HiT). 3. Stack holders: Directorates of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being in the Republic of Karelia and in Leningrad oblast. in Russia and Health authorities in Norway.
Summary There is an ongoing collaboration over the last 10 years between NIPH and infectious disease control and surveillance institutions from the North-Western Russia through the EpiNorth project. There have been established good relations between Norway and the Russian oblasts. As a follow- up of the EpiNorth project we are establishing an interregional network for specialists involved in tick-borne diseases. There is a need for mapping and making surveillance of tick-borne diseases in the northern part of Europe since we have little knowledge about how far north, east and west the endemic areas of the ticks and tick-borne diseases are located. This project will help to collect information about the spread of the hosts and diseases they are carrying, exchange of methodology and mapping endemic areas and enable as to provide more reliable information as well as improve our knowledge for vaccine recommendations and advisory work for the authorities in the region.
Background Tick-borne diseases like Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE), Lyme Borrelioses (LB) and others are important vector-borne diseases for humans in Norway and in North-Western Russia. The geographic range of Tick-borne morbidity has increased over the last decades in many countries where Tick-Borne Encephalitis Virus (TBEV) and LB is endemic. The aim of this study is to get an overview of the distribution of tick vectors, Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes persulcatus, and to determine the distribution and prevalence of three different TBEV subtypes, Lyme borreliosis and other important agents in tick populations in Russia and Norway.
Objectives Surveillance and mapping of endemic areas of Tick-borne diseases in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region.
Specific objectives/indicators 1. Interregional collaboration and exchange of technological expertises to elucidate various questions concerning tick-borne diseases • How far north do we find Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes persulcatus • How far west do we find Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes persulcatus • Describe the distribution north, west and east of TBEV, LB and other important tick-borne diseases in the two countries • Describe the prevalence of TBEV, LB and other important tick-borne diseases in the two countries. Do climatic changes in the regions have an influence on the distribution of ticks and tick-borne diseases. 2. Interregional meetings 3. International conference to disseminate the results of the project to other oblasts of north western Russia.
Results Establishment of a collaboration network within the region. Exchange of technology and knowledge Mapping of endemic areas for tick-borne diseases in the region both in Russia as well as in Norway Application for mutual research grant.
Total foreseen budget EUR 245,617
Total implementation costs
(for completed projects, if available)
EUR 508,305
Conversion to € was done on
(according to the relevant
exchange rate at
Infoeuro Monthly Files)
2013-10-14
Financing agencies / organisations Ministry of Health and Care Services of Norway
Project's URL / project's website no data
Papers associated with this project no data
Further information Lead partner (organisation/project manager): Norwegian institute of Public Health (NIPH), Division for Infectious Disease Control, Department of Virology (SMVI)/Project manager: Dr. Åshild K Andreassen, Norwegian institute of Public Health (NIPH), Division for infectious disease control, Department of Virology (SMVI)
Last posted: on 2013-10-14 at 15:54:19

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