The Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (PacVec CoE) is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CoE is at both University of California, Davis and Riverside.
To enhance the capacity of the Southwestern United States to respond to threats from vector-borne diseases that affect human health.
The center addresses the urgent public health challenges presented by ongoing spread of invasive vectors, exotic pathogens such as Zika virus, and several endemic pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks. PacVec investigators, along with public health and vector control partners, aim to increase the capacity of the United States to respond to vector-borne disease threats by:
Training vector biologists, entomologists, and physicians in the knowledge and skills required to address vector-borne disease concerns.
Strengthening and expanding already effective collaborations between researchers and public health organizations for surveillance, prevention, and response.