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UCD Offers Disease Web Site - University Says It's the Place to Go For Info about West Nile, Plague, Malaria

Comprehensive information on West Nile virus, plague, malaria, Lyme disease and other vector borne diseases in California is currently just a click away on a new Web site based at the University of California, Davis.

Vector-borne diseases are diseases that can be passed on to humans by mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, lice and rodents.

The new CalSurv site, short for California Vector borne Disease Surveillance System, is at www.

"CalSurv presents one-stop shopping for vector borne disease surveillance details in the state," said Bruce Eldridge, a UC Davis professor emeritus of entomology who directs the technical development and maintenance arm of the project.

He said that the site is geared towards providing an efficient, rapid and cost-effective means of reporting and analyzing disease-surveillance data.

Eldridge, whose medical entomology career spans 52 years, also serves as "Dr. Vector," responding to e-mail questions regarding vector-borne diseases.

Web users can look for the site by disease, the transmitting species or vector, and the bacteria or viruses that cause disease.

The CalSurv site also consists of the most recent 28 days of positive West Nile virus cases, links to weather and climate Web sites, and information dating back to 1945 about malaria outbreaks in the state.

The Web site, funded by federal grants, is a cooperative effort of UC Davis and its Center for Vector borne Diseases; the California Department of Public Health; and the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California, which represents 61 mosquito and vector control districts.



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