What is a vector?

Many people may not know what "Vector Control" is or why it is important. A vector is an insect or animal that transmits a disease to other animals or humans. Examples of vectors include mosquitoes, ticks, mites and fleas.

Part of our work is the surveillance, monitoring and control of the vectors that carry diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Additionally, we work with various agencies and institutions to educate the public on vector information and prevention techniques.

To learn more interesting vector vocabulary, click here.

For more information regarding vectors, please click on the brochure Vectors of Concern.


Did you know?
In the interest of science, Arctic researchers uncovered their chests, arms, and legs and reported as many as 9,000 mosquito bites per person, per minute. At this rate, an unprotected human would lose one half of his or her blood supply in approximately 2 hours! That's amazing!