Emerging environmental factors influencing insect (venom) allergy

Emerging environmental factors influencing insect (venom) allergy

Hymenoptera venom allergy appears as a large local reaction or a generalized allergic reaction following an insect sting and can be potentially life-threatening. It is the most common cause of anaphylaxis in the adult population in Europe.

The climatic change, globalization, urbanization, and growing worldwide transport of people and goods are influencing the geographical spread of these insects. All these factors may have a varying influence on the development and outcome of allergic diseases.

The One Health concept has become a strategic program in the WHO and in EAACI. The One Health concept is an interdisciplinary strategic attempt, including public and lay people, politicians and legislative, practitioners, and scientists. It includes collaborative efforts across multiple sectors, including public health, veterinary medicine, environmental science.

The aim of this task force is to study environmental factors affecting the spread of insects worldwide and analyze the impact on insect hypersensitivity caused by stings and bites. It is also aimed to stress the importance of applying the One Health concept to allergic diseases caused by the interaction between humans, animals, and arthropods.

Participants of the task force are European and Extra-European experts in hymenoptera venom allergy, entomologists, and veterinary researchers. This represents a joint Task Force proposed by WG on insect venom hypersensitivity together with WG on One Health.

Allergen Immunotherapy IG, WG: Insect Venom Hypersensitivity 

Chair: Arantza Vega Castro

Secretary: Elisa Boni