The VIDOH Vector Control Program (VCP) is focused on monitoring the Aedes aegypti mosquito that can spread dengue, Zika, and chikungunya and learning the best ways to control it. Since early 2017, the VCP has been doing routine mosquito surveillance to better understand mosquitoes in USVI. This surveillance helps program officials make the best decisions in trying to control this mosquito to prevent disease outbreaks and mitigate natural disasters.
What is a Vector?
A vector is the term used for an animal that can spread diseases. In USVI, the main vector for dengue, Zika, and chikungunya is the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread these diseases from an infected person to an uninfected person through their bite. Male mosquitoes can’t bite and feed only on nectar and other sugar sources from plants. Male mosquitoes can’t spread disease.