Diseases spread by mosquitoes, ticks and animals continue to be a serious public health concern. Zoonotic diseases are spread to humans directly from animals while vector-borne diseases are spread from animals or people to others by arthropods, like insects or ticks. Some of these diseases are rare and infrequently make people sick in Vermont, while others have become increasingly common.
The Vector-Borne & Zoonotic Disease program is responsible for tracking and responding to these diseases. We collect and analyze data to detect trends in disease activity, collaborate with other state agencies and work to educate Vermonters about disease risks and prevention strategies.