When infected blood-sucking insects (such as mosquitoes and ticks) bite a person, they can spread vector-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. There are many types of vector-borne illness. The best defense against them is to take steps to avoid being bitten by infected insects.
The Communicable Disease Service has staff dedicated to the monitoring, control and prevention of vector-borne diseases.
Specific activities performed by vector-borne illness staff include:
- Surveillance of vector-borne diseases
- Identifying risk factors
- Monitoring geographic trends
- Providing technical assistance and training
- Educating the public