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New US coalition to bolster fight against ticks and mosquitoes

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 21, 2019
As the incidence of diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes in the U.S. continues to rise, a coordinated and strategic response is needed now more than ever—and a diverse set of organizations are aligning to answer the call.
America   Entomological Society of America
Under the stewardship of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), 18 scientific and medical societies, professional associations, and advocacy groups have formed the Vector-Borne Disease Network, a new coalition that will stand ready to advise and support federal policymakers in confronting the challenge of diseases spread by insects and related arthropods.

These illnesses such as Lyme disease, Zika, or West Nile virus are transmitted by vector organisms, primarily blood-feeding insects or arthropods. Vectors ingest disease-causing germs when biting an infected human or animal and later inject them into a new host during a subsequent bite.

The founding members of the Vector-Borne Disease Network are:

American Mosquito Control Association
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Entomological Society of America
Georgia Mosquito Control Association
Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of Vector-Borne Control Officials
National Environmental Health Association
National Pest Management Association
Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases
Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases
Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit
Society for Vector Ecology
Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases
Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases