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Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS)  

The Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) protects the health and well-being of Californians from diseases transmitted to people from insects and other animals. VBDS conducts prevention, surveillance, and control of vector-borne diseases, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, plague, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and other tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases.

VBDS staff, located in four regional offices and headquartered in Sacramento, provide the following services:

  • Develop and implement statewide vector-borne disease surveillance, prevention, and control programs
  • Design and conduct scientific investigations to further knowledge of vector-borne diseases in California
  • Coordinate preparedness activities for detection and response to introduced vectors and vector-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus
  • Conduct emergency vector control when disease outbreaks occur
  • Advise local agencies on public health issues related to vector-borne diseases
  • Oversee local vector control agency activities through a Cooperative Agreement
  • Oversee the Vector Control Technician Certification and Continuing Education programs
  • Provide information, training, and educational materials to governmental agencies and the public
  • Provide assistance in coordinating issues related to the management of Africanized honey bees, red imported fire ants, head lice, and bed bugs
Vector Control Technician Certification Program
Additional Resources
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