Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD)

Location: University of California, Davis and University of California, Riverside

Funded through December 2021

Key VBD Issues

  • West Nile virus disease
  • Lyme disease
  • Louis encephalitis
  • Dengue in U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands

By the Numbers

  • 66 professionals from 28 vector control agencies trained at insecticide resistance workshops
  • 149 million mosquitoes collected from 2 million trap checks at 65,000 locations
  • 600 VectorSurv Gateway users from 141 agencies across 12 states and five U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands
  • $3.25 million awarded through 26 student training grants for career development

Regional Resources

Two persons setting up a mosquito trap.

Pacific Southwest COE partners set up a mosquito trap.

  • Monthly seminar series convening public health and vector control professionals, featuring the work of Pacific Southwest COE faculty, students, and visiting researchers
  • Suite of online instructional videos on testing mosquito larvae for insecticide resistance
  • Tick-Borne Disease Working Group to discuss tick studies, tick control methods, and disease risk in the Southwest region


  • Developing smart mosquito traps to save time and resources by detecting specific mosquito species and transmitting data to remote researchers
  • Exploring how mosquito genetic profiles influence survival, mating, and spreading of viruses
  • Determining exposure to Lyme disease and anaplasmosis among people in high-risk areas of northern California
  • Examining how roaming dogs in Mexicali communities spread the tickborne bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Major Collaborators

  • 10 universities in California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Alaska
  • Four state health departments (California, Arizona, Hawaii, Utah); one local health department (Southern Nevada)
  • Three healthcare associations
  • Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services

For More Information

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