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Lyme borreliosis in north africa. risk assessment and implications for tick management and for control of the human disease.

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ICA3-CT-2000-30009

  • Start date

    1 November 2000

  • End date

    31 October 2004

Funded under:

FP5-INCO 2

  • Overall budget:

    € 377 191

  • EU contribution

    € 349 491

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT PASTEUR

France

Objective

Lyme borreliosis, due to the tick-borne spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato(Bb.sl), causes significant morbidity throughout the world. Preliminary studies have indicated the presence of the arthropod vector and the pathogen in North Africa. A few clinical cases have been reported. Our objective is to evaluate whether Lyme borreliosis constitutes a threat to public health in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. To access our objective, we plan to establish a map of the tick distribution, to evaluate the prevalence of Borrelia infection in ticks, to identify Borrelia strains and to determine their genetic diversity, to identify reservoirs used to maintain Bb.sl, and to evaluate the incidence of the disease in the human population. The knowledge of the natural enzootic cycle involving arthropods and wild vertebrates in the maintenance of Bb.sl should permit to develop prevention strategies to counter any public health threat.

Coordinator

INSTITUT PASTEUR

Address

28,Rue Du Docteur Roux 28
75724 Paris

France

Participants (6)

INSTITUT PASTEUR D'ALGERIE

Algeria

INSTITUT PASTEUR DE TUNIS

Tunisia

INSTITUT PASTEUR DU MAROC

Morocco

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE SAUDE DR RICARDO JORGE

Portugal

UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL

Switzerland

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ICA3-CT-2000-30009

  • Start date

    1 November 2000

  • End date

    31 October 2004

Funded under:

FP5-INCO 2

  • Overall budget:

    € 377 191

  • EU contribution

    € 349 491

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT PASTEUR

France