Surveillance

DART participates in the California Vectorborne Disease Surveillance System (CalSurv), a cooperative effort with the California Department of Public Health and the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California. The mission of CalSurv is to provide the clearest possible evidence to inform control policies for vectors and arboviruses.

DART also serves as a reference laboratory and provides arbovirus testing of mosquitoes and dead birds for mosquito control districts and public health agencies throughout the state. In addition to routine testing, recent work has focused on developing faster and more accurate methods for surveillance and pathogen discovery.

California has seen rapid spread of invasive mosquitoes since 2011, and DART is addressing these needs by developing state-of-the-art methods for detecting

These projects support intervention strategies to protect wildlife, veterinary, and public health, and aid in understanding the epidemiology and ecology of arboviruses in their natural settings.

Resources:

Protocols for submitting mosquitoes or dead bird samples for arbovirus testing
(see appendices for instructions)

Protocol for submitting Aedes eggs for species identification

Spreadsheet template for recording Aedes egg collections