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Did you know some of the most crucial public health research in the world is happening in Ft. Collins, Colorado? 

The Division of Vector Borne Diseases (DVBD) is a national and international leader in researching, preventing, and controlling viruses and bacteria spread vectors like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Our staff includes entomologists, epidemiologists, molecular biologists, laboratorians, microbiologists, physicians, veterinarians, virologists, and zoologists. DVBD's key activities include:

  • Developing cutting edge laboratory tests for rapid identification and diagnosis of new and known vector borne diseases.
  • Developing guidelines and educating clinicians.
  • Working with health departments to monitor vector­borne diseases through surveillance systems. ArboNET, a national surveillance system, tracks vectorborne viruses in people, animals, mosquitoes, and blood donors. TickNET leads collaborative research on tickborne diseases.
  • Researching vaccines
  • Partnering with state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments, industry, and international partners, such as the World Health Organization, to quickly detect and respond to outbreaks

READ THE FULL FACTSHEET of the CDC's Division of Vector Borne Diseases