Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD)

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Focus: To identify and respond to vector-borne disease that affects human health, domestically and globally.

Some key activities:

  • Identify and respond to emerging and newly discovered pathogens threatening the United States and the world.
  • Improve diagnostic tests and serve as a global reference laboratory for vector-borne pathogens.
  • Investigate improvements to pesticides and repellents that target mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.
  • Develop and evaluate vaccines for dengue, Japanese encephalitis, and other vector-borne viruses and bacteria.
  • Train domestic and global public health workers to prevent, diagnose, and control vector-borne diseases.
  • Conduct surveillance and monitor the impact and spread of vector-borne diseases.