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.