Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD)
Who we are
The Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) is a national and international leader in researching, preventing, and controlling viruses and bacteria spread by vectors including mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Our staff includes entomologists, epidemiologists, molecular biologists, laboratorians, microbiologists, physicians, veterinarians, virologists, and zoologists.
What are vector-borne diseases?
Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea. Vectors are mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas that spread pathogens. A person who gets bitten by a vector and gets sick has a vector-borne disease. Some vector-borne diseases, like plague, have been around for thousands of years. Others, like Heartland virus disease and Bourbon virus disease, have been discovered recently.
- Everyone can protect themselves from mosquito, tick, and flea bites.
- Nootkatone, a new active ingredient from nature, can be developed into insecticides and insect repellents.
- Learn about vector-borne diseases in your state or territory.