Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lab
The Division of Vector–Borne Infectious Diseases, known as DVBID, is part of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector- Borne and Enteric Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Division is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, on the foothills campus of Colorado State University. The Disease Ecology Section of CDC was initially established in the Rocky Mountain region in the 1940s. The program settled in Fort Collins in 1967. The plague program relocated to Fort Collins shortly thereafter, later joined by the Lyme disease program in 1989. The advent of West Nile virus activity in the U.S. in 1999 spurred further growth in the Division.
Areas of Research
The Lab focuses on viral and bacterial diseases transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas, providing diagnostic assistance for samples received from throughout the world. DVBID is a national and international reference center for these diseases and supports extensive research, diagnostic and prevention programs, as well as bioterrorism preparedness and response programs related to vector-borne disease. DVBID scientists and staff lead the response to arthropod-borne disease outbreaks in the U.S. and worldwide.
The facilities required to support research in this field are very specialized, with high-containment insect laboratories needed to complement the bench research. A new Research and Diagnostic Laboratory provides much more substantial biological safety level three and three-enhanced laboratory space and a larger insectory.