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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 Jordan Peart. Click here to view other Infectious Disease Steering Committee activities.

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

The CSTE Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD) Subcommittee's Peer-to-Peer Technical Assistance (TA) Consultation Program supports new and less established VBD surveillance coordinators and staff to gain experience from larger, more established VBD programs. Consultations are 1–2 days and may include an orientation to a surveillance system, guidance and program requirements, and day-to-day systems management.

If you are interested in receiving technical assistance, please complete this application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Jordan Peart with any questions.

Zika Virus Preparedness Resources Toolkit
The Zika Virus Preparedness Resources Toolkit is a compilation of resources that can be used to enhance state and local public health capacity to develop and implement evidence-based prevention and control strategies for Zika virus. The toolkit has sections devoted to the following topics: General Information; Epidemiology; Data Management; Laboratory Guidance; Maternal and Child Health; Vector Research and Management; Policy Statements; and an Appendix with definitions and explanations of acronyms used in the toolkit. Each section contains reference and educational materials along with forms and letters that can be adapted and used by other jurisdictions. CSTE has also created an online repository of the resources included in the toolkit—this will be updated as new resources become available. Click here to read more about CSTE’s development of the toolkit.
2017-2018 VBD Regional Meetings
In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) hosted four Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD) Regional Meetings in 2017-2018. The meetings brought together epidemiologists involved in vector-borne disease surveillance and control activities at STLT health agencies to establish a community of practice and facilitate information sharing on model practices, emerging issues and provide educational training opportunities. A summary of the meetings can be found here

If you have any questions regarding the meetings, please contact Jordan Peart at jpeart@cste.org.

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 Jordan Peart. Click here to view other Infectious Disease Steering Committee activities.

Recent Forum Activity
Zika and Microencephaly
Posted by: Sakshi Puri, Friday, January 8, 2016
Forum: General Discussion
Chikungunya testing
Posted by: Anne Kjemtrup, Thursday, September 11, 2014
Forum: General Discussion
Welcome to the VBD Subcommittee Discussion Board Forums
Posted by: Dhara Shah, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Forum: General Discussion
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