The Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD)

The Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD)

In 2017, five universities were established as regional centers of excellence (COE) to help prevent and rapidly respond to emerging VBDs across the United States. CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) awarded a total of about $50 million, through December 2021, to these universities.

The COEs combine innovative, applied research programs with public health expertise to help prevent and control VBD threats. Major accomplishments of the COEs include:

  • Trained over 5,300 vector control professionals and students through over 80 training opportunities
  • Developed undergraduate and graduate degree programs or certificates in public health entomology at all five universities
  • Spearheaded creation of regional vector surveillance systems for centralized data tracking
  • Evaluated effectiveness of innovative mosquito and tick control methods
  • Provided resources and technical assistance to local organizations

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