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About the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases

The Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) strives to protect the nation from bacterial and viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Some of these diseases have long been present in the United States while others have recently emerged. These include some of the world's most destructive diseases, many of which are increasing threats to human health as the environment changes and globalization increases. CDC/DVBD plays a unique role, housing much of the world’s expertise in the diagnosis, prevention and control of these diseases.

 

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Chikungunya Hits U.S. Mainland

The first locally acquired cases of chikungunya were reported in Florida on July 17, 2014. These cases represent the first time that mosquitoes in the continental United States are thought to have spread the virus to non-travelers. Though CDC does not expect widespread cases this year, Americans infected when traveling to the Caribbean, South America, or the Pacific Islands may continue to return and bring the virus with them. For updates on locally acquired and travel associated chikungunya cases, visit CDC’s chikungunya website.

Chikungunya is a viral disease spread to people by the bite of infected mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.
 

What is Heartland virus? a phlebovirus

In 2012, a newly discovered virus that causes illness in people was discovered in Missouri, named Heartland virus. It belongs to a family of viruses called phleboviruses that are found all over the world. Some of these viruses can cause people to get sick.

It appears that the  Lone Star tick, naturally occurring primarily in the southeastern and eastern U.S., is the vector of this disease. Additional studies are under way to determine if ticks spread Heartland virus to people, what other insects or animals may be involved and how widely Heartland virus may be distributed.

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What We Do, Where We Do It, and Why: Color Brochure

Vector-borne diseases are among the most complex of all infectious diseases to prevent and control. DVBD combines specialized epidemiology, ecology and laboratory expertise to respond to the challenges presented by vector-borne infectious diseases.
Read our two-page brochure about what we do, where we do it, and why. [PDF - 2 pages]

Features

Podcasts

  • Crab Hole Mosquito Blues - The Song

    This podcast is a song about a major epizoodemic of a serious human and equine disease written and performed by the MARU Health Angels Band.

  • Prevent Lyme Disease/Spring and Summer PSA

    This 30-second PSA explains how to prevent and recognize early symptoms of Lyme disease.

  • Get Ticks Off

    (A Cup of Health with CDC)
    People planning outdoor activities this summer should be on the look out for ticks. Ticks carry diseases such as Tularemia and Lyme disease.

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