Preparing the Nation to Address Vector-Borne Diseases Threats

A coordinated strategy for vector-borne threats

In 2016, Congress provided CDC with $350 million in supplemental funding to perform the critical work needed to prevent, detect, and respond to the public health emergency posed by Zika virus. The funding is vital to protect areas at highest risk of impact from Zika.

Building on that investment, a strong, sustained, national infrastructure for vector-borne disease is needed. This infrastructure must advance innovation and discovery, and build comprehensive vector programs.

Steps being taken to prepare the nation

Currently, DVBD is working on several fronts to prepare the nation. Vector-borne diseases are named as a priority in CDC’s strategy for securing global health and America’s preparedness. DVBD funds state, local, and territorial health departments, five Centers for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases, and innovative research.

Advance innovation and discovery

As a nation, we need:

  • Cutting edge diagnostic tools for fast and accurate detection of vector-borne infections
  • Identification of new and emerging vector-borne diseases and increased understanding of the magnitude of existing vector-borne threats
  • Research and development by government, universities, and industry to develop ways to foster new vector control technologies and monitor and prevent insecticide resistance

Build comprehensive vector control programs

To build local vector control programs, we need:

  • A skilled vector workforce that can respond to the full variety of pathogens and the vectors that transmit them
  • Robust state and local vector programs with expertise in laboratory, case and outbreak investigation, and vector control that can identify and mobilize for action against existing and emerging threats
  • Learn more in the May 2018 issue of CDC Vital Signs and in the National Association of County and City Health Officials report, Mosquito Control Capabilities in the U.S. [PDF – 25 pages]