Environmental health practitioners deal with vector control issues daily. With the threat of terrorism, practitioners must also prepare for possible biologic attacks in which animal and insect vectors could be used to deliver disease-causing organisms.
This section provides information and technical assistance on vector control for preventing disease and protecting public health.
CDC Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases – reference center for vector-borne viral and bacterial diseases
CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response – how to prepare for, plan for, and respond to vector-borne agents after disasters:
- Bioterrorism Agents/Diseases
- Protect Yourself from Animal- and Insect-Related Hazards After a Natural Disaster
CDC Rodent Control After a Disaster – information about rodent infestations and precautions to take when cleaning rodent-infested areas
Links to information from outside CDC
Public Health Pest Control: The National USA Manual and Related Information – identifies and manages information about arthropod and mammalian vectors of diseases affecting public health:
The Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center – tools and resources for preparedness that can be used by public health departments nationwide, including
- Environmental Health Emergency Response Guide, Chapter 6: Vector Control [PDF - 658 KB] – provides quick access to needed information before an incident strikes a community
U.S. Armed Forces Pest Management Board – recommends policy, provides guidance, and coordinates the exchange of information on all matters related to pest management
- Environmental Health in Emergencies and Disasters: A Practical Guide
- Vector Control - Methods for Use by Individuals and Communities