The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a growing threat of vector-borne disease cases in the United States and a limited capacity to respond. Local and state health departments and vector control organizations are facing increasing demands to respond to these threats. One of the most important strategies for doing so is surveillance — standardized trapping, species identification, testing for pathogens, and data interpretation.
This course will help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs.