Malaria in the U.S.: A Wake-Up Call to Strengthen Vector-Borne Disease Response

August 23, 2023

Every day, entomologists work to protect Americans from diseases spread by mosquitoes. Supporting this critical public health infrastructure is a core priority for the Entomological Society of America and its partners in the Vector-Borne Disease Network. Recent news of cases of locally transmitted malaria in Maryland, Texas, and Florida—as well as dengue in Florida—further illustrate the urgent need to expand our nation's capacity to prevent and respond to the threats posed by mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropod carriers (vectors) of disease.

As climate change, global commerce, and habitat destruction all combine to bring humans and arthropod vectors into greater contact, we cannot react with complacency or inefficiency. From basic research on vector biology to on-the-ground prevention and response efforts, we currently lack the adequate tools, knowledge, and workforce to meet this growing challenge. ESA and the Vector-Borne Disease Network urge lawmakers to respond to the threat of vector-borne disease with robust investment in our nation's public health infrastructure. Preventing the next pandemic may depend on it.

What can you do? Contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health Act, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, and critical funding for vector-borne disease management at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fill out this form to contact your legislators now.