Respond to Threats

Deployment of CDC staff

The Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) responds to disease threats by providing technical assistance and by preparing public health agencies for potential bioterrorism events.

Provide technical support

The Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) provides technical assistance and disease investigation services to local, state, territorial, and international agencies making the request. Short-term assistance to US and international agencies can improve understanding of an emerging disease and help prevent further spread of a vector-borne disease. For example, when a Zika virus outbreak hit the Pacific island of Yap, DVBD disease detectives studied the outbreak. This work provided valuable information needed when Zika came to the Western Hemisphere.

Prepare for bioterrorism and exotic pathogens

Some bacteria and viruses can be used to deliberately cause harm or fear. Laboratory personnel play an important role in prevention and response to biological emergencies. Some pathogens of concern include anthrax, botulism, Ebola, plague, smallpox, Coxiella burnetii (Q fever), and tularemia. DVBD experts research plague, Q fever, and tularemia to help protect Americans.