The Zoonotic, Influenza, and Vectorborne Disease Unit (ZIVDU) conducts disease surveillance, investigations, education, and consultations with human and animal health care providers with the goal of preventing and controlling human illness due to zoonotic and vectorborne diseases, influenza, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
Zoonotic Diseases are diseases caused by infectious agents that can be transmitted between (or are shared by) animals and humans.
Vectorborne Diseases are diseases that can be transmitted through the bite of an arthropod (insect, tick, mosquito, etc.) to humans or other animals.
Influenza is caused by a virus that is transmitted between people when they cough or sneeze. Occasionally, it is transmitted from animals (usually birds) to humans.