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Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Publications and Resources

ASTHO One Health Webinar, April 15, 2010

The One Health Initiative recognizes the inextricable link between human, animal, and environmental health and seeks to "promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species" through collaboration and cooperation among the different health fields. This webinar describes the importance of the One Health Initiative in protecting public health and the role of different health professionals within the One Health framework.

Presentation by Dr. Carina Blackmore (ppt)

Presentation by Dr. Ali Kahn (ppt)

Presentation by Dr. Clifford Mitchell(ppt)

Communicating About Effective Mosquito Control: Tailor Made for Our Community

Effective mosquito control is an integral component of public health programs in the United States. This toolkit provides model fact sheets, communication strategies, and useful templates for collaborating with policymakers and members of the public to develop and support scalable mosquito control programs that fit the needs of your community.

Before the Swarm: Guidelines for the Emergency Management of Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks

Existing disease agents. Natural disasters. Exotic pathogens. All could pose unique mosquito-borne disease risks and challenges for communities across the United States. In 2007-8, ASTHO convened the Mosquito Control Collaborative (MCC) to devise consensus recommendations to help state and local organizations prepare now for potential mosquito-borne disease outbreaks. Comprised of experts from a variety of public health backgrounds, the MCC strove to offer realistic and feasible guidelines that would be of special value to areas with limited resources. (Request a paper copy)

Public Health Confronts the Mosquito: Developing Sustainable State and Local Mosquito Control Programs

Provides final recommendations for creating sustainable mosquito control programs. The report focuses on four areas: planning ahead, involving others, using the best science and data, and informing the public.

State Public Health Vector Control Conference: Workforce and Disease Priorities Needs Assessment Summary

The State Public Health Vector Control Conference (SPHVCC) is an ASTHO affiliate organization that comprises the lead vector control specialist in every state and territory. ASTHO’s recent needs assessment asked for feedback on workforce requirements, perceptions about pathogens of medical importance, and climate change.


Surili Sutaria, MS, Senior Analyst, Environmental Health