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Mosquito Season is upon us: CDC’s New Vector Control Training can help

Posted By Liljana Baddour, MPH and Martin A. Kalis, MA, Friday, May 5, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting diseases to millions of people worldwide, with substantial morbidity and mortality. Epidemiologists know mosquitoes spread diseases such as West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya and Zika. Preventing and reducing the spread of many of these diseases depends on controlling mosquito vectors or interrupting human-vector contact. Several factors, including the type and timing of mosquito control activities, are critical to reducing mosquito populations.
A new online training is now available for the public health workforce that focuses on vector control and pest management, and incorporates the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards developed by CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH).

The online learning series Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP) provides the knowledge and resources necessary to prevent and control vector-borne illnesses spread by insects, rodents, ticks and more. VCEHP provides resources on using an integrated pest management (IPM) approach.

 
The online curriculum of 11 courses geared toward environmental health professionals is:
  • Credible: It includes the latest science and evidence from vector control experts.
  • Practical: It addresses concrete principles, practices and resources for vector control.
  • Free and Flexible: Professionals can take the courses they want, when they want.
  • Available for Continuing Education Units: The National Environmental Health Association offers optional CEUs.


Pictured: VCEHP includes a subset of courses particularly helpful for understanding and addressing Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. Photo credit: CDC/ Prof. Frank Hadley Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Univ. of Notre Dame

Course topics include:
  • Vector-borne diseases, IPM basics, pesticide toxicology.
  • Performance assessment and improvement for vector control programs.
  • Biology and control of bedbugs, ticks, rodents, and mosquitoes.
  • Vector control and pest management in specific locations like schools, restaurants, and hotels.
  • Risk communication.
We invite you to access or share VCEHP and get started today to prepare for mosquito season.
 
Texas Health Institute, Tulane University and the National Environmental Health Association.


VCEHP was developed by CDC, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Liljana Baddour, MPH, is Senior Manager for Workforce and Education Initiatives at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), one of CDC’s core partners for VCEHP. Martin A. Kalis, MA, is a Public Health Advisor with CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch and is the CDC lead for VCEHP.

Tags:  epidemiology  infectious disease 

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