These stories illustrate the work CDC is doing to address the threat from vector-borne diseases across the United States and around the globe. CDC experts work with states, territories, tribes, and other partners to detect and respond to outbreaks, train professionals, provide technical assistance, and strengthen health systems to prevent and control vector-borne diseases.
Check out the DVBD Spotlights to read about current projects happening at DVBD.
Read about DVBD’s top accomplishments from 2020.
- Dengue: Avoid dengue by preventing mosquito bites
- Lyme disease: Prevent Lyme disease
- Mosquito bites: Prevent mosquito bites
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever: RMSF is deadly, but preventable
- Tick bites: Stop ticks
- Tick bites: It’s open season on ticks!
- West Nile virus
- Yellow fever: Need a yellow fever vaccine? Plan ahead.
- Plague: An unexplained spike in an old disease pdf icon[PDF – 16 pages]
- Q fever: Q fever at a dairy pdf icon[PDF – 12 pages]
- St. Louis encephalitis virus and West Nile virus: One outbreak, two viruses pdf icon[PDF – 16 pages]
- Tularemia: Rabbit fever on the rise pdf icon[PDF – 16 pages]
- Zika: Controlling mosquitoes in Florida pdf icon[PDF – 20 pages]
- Zika: Leading the response to the outbreak of Zika pdf icon[PDF – 20 pages]
- Improving diagnosis of Zika and other vector-borne diseases in Indonesia
- Making plague a disease of the past in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Vector-borne disease surveillance and research in Uganda expands laboratory capacity
Partnership in Action
- Implementing Comprehensive Mosquito Control Activities in Puerto Rico
- PetSmart Charities and CDC Foundation strengthen RMSF education and prevention activities in Arizona tribal communities
- Vector-borne Disease Center of Excellence provides much-needed assistance after Hurricane Harvey
- Nookatone: A new active ingredient for developing insecticides and insect repellents
- Yellow fever: Better tests for yellow fever (see page11) pdf icon[PDF – 16 pages]
Advanced Molecular Detection in Action
CDC’s Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) program is transforming disease detection and response. Through technological innovation, CDC continually advances safeguards for America’s health. DVBD uses AMD methods to discover new pathogens, develop new diagnostic methods, identifying emerging threats, and much more.
- Bourbon virus: AMD shows ticks likely spread Bourbon virus
- Dengue and chikungunya: Using AMD to track changes in dengue and chikungunya viruses
- Mosquito-borne diseases: Taking the bite out of mosquito-borne diseases
- Tickborne diseases: DVBD uses AMD to better understand tickborne diseases
- Tickborne diseases: Tracking tickborne diseases
- Zika virus: CDC scientists use AMD methods to develop diagnostic tools for Zika virus