Mosquitoes and ticks are arthropod vectors of disease-causing agents to humans and have a significant impact on human health throughout the world. A number of new and emerging vector-borne diseases are of public health significance in the United States. Diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme Disease cause considerable human mortality and morbidity. Public education is the key to the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases. The goal of the Purdue Public Health Entomology Program is to reduce transmission of vector-borne diseases through public education. We offer a variety of educational materials and training opportunities to help the public learn about vectors, vector-borne diseases, and their control. We also are participating with local and state health departments in the surveillance and monitoring of vectors and vector-borne diseases in Indiana.
New! Purdue zipTrips Disease Detectives: West Nile Virus
Purdue Entomologists Catherine Hill and John MacDonald discuss and demonstrate their West Nile Virus research.
Click here to watch the zipTrips video.
New! Are you a seventh grader or teacher of seventh grade?
Are you interested in taking a virtual field trip to Purdue to meet with
medical entomologists working on ticks and tick-borne diseases?
If yes, then check out the Purdue zipTrips seventh grade show here!
New! Learn about public health entomology activities in the State of Indiana.
Results of the Purdue Public Health Entomology Survey of Indiana Public Health Specialists are published.
Hill, C.A., Whitford, F. and MacDonald, J.F. 2009. Assessing and responding to
public health entomology needs in Indiana. American Entomologist. 55, 114-121.