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Infectious Disease: Vector-Borne Diseases
Statement of purpose and mission:
  • The purpose of the Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD) Subcommittee is to increase knowledge and improve practices related to VBD epidemiology in local, state, tribal, and territorial settings.
  • The mission of the subcommittee is to promote and support collaboration among public health professionals to enhance the surveillance and prevention of VBD.
Subcommittee activities:
  • Regular subcommittee conference calls
  • Training webinar series on issues of importance to VBD epidemiology
  • White papers and position statements
  • ‘Community of practice’ webpage and discussion board forums

For more information about the VBD Subcommittee and its activities, please contact Meri Phillips. Click here to view other Infectious Disease Steering Committee activities.

New - CSTE Vector-Borne Diseases Peer-to-Peer Technical Assistance Consultation Program

The CSTE Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD) Subcommittee is pleased to announce a peer-to-peer technical assistance (TA) consultation program to support new and less established VBD surveillance coordinators and staff. These consultations may include an orientation to the surveillance system, guidance and program requirements, and day-to-day systems management. If you would like to volunteer as a host site for a P2P TA consultation, please complete an application (download application). If you would like to request a P2P TA consultation, please complete the application (download application). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and funding is limited so not all requests may be accommodated.

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CSTE VBD Subcommittee Webinar Series
For information on upcoming webinars, please be sure that you are signed up for the VBD Subcommittee group. Click here for instructions on joining the VBD subcommittee group and discussion board forums. In order to enroll in the subcommittee distribution list you will need to join the VBD group.
Archived webinars can be found on the CSTE Webinar Library.

CSTE Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance Capacity Assessment:
In 2013, CSTE conducted an assessment of Vector-Borne disease surveillance capacity with emphasis on West Nile virus (WNV) to better understand the existing arboviral surveillance capacity within state and select local health departments following decreases in Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) funding since 2004. A CSTE workgroup with representation from ASTHO, NACCHO, and APHL with technical assistance from the CDC developed an assessment to describe human, mosquito and laboratory surveillance capacity for WNV and other arboviruses in 2012, one of the most intense WNV seasons thus far, and to compare responses with those from a similar assessment conducted in 2004. CSTE distributed the assessment electronically in August 2013. All 50 states, all six CDC ELC grant recipient-supported city/county health departments, and 15 of 24 city/county health departments with no direct ELC support but high past levels of WNV activity responded. The CSTE report titled “Assessment of Capacity in 2012 for the Surveillance, Prevention and Control of West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-borne Virus Infections in State and Large City/County Health Departments and How it Compares to 2004” and the accompanying MMWR article titled “National Capacity for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control of West Nile Virus and Other Arbovirus Infections — United States, 2004 and 2012” summarize the assessment findings, which document a decrease in surveillance capacity since 2004. Most notably, human surveillance has become more passive, laboratory capacity has diminished, and mosquito surveillance activity has diminished to the point where some state and key local health departments no longer do it.

For more information about the VBD Subcommittee and its activities, please contact Meri Phillips. Click here to view other Infectious Disease Steering Committee activities.

Recent Forum Activity
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Posted by: Sakshi Puri, Friday, January 8, 2016
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