Principal Investigator: William Walton, UC Riverside
Summary: This research addresses important aspects of disease surveillance for new and re-emerging diseases, topics listed among the MRF research needs. We feel that early recognition of new problems and baseline data determining their potential for being established in California through vector competence studies promotes public health by informing mosquito control agencies of potential risks. The geographic scope of this project is statewide and therefore there was no attempt to obtain letters of collaboration from individual districts. Back stopping in virus identification and assay development is provided by Dr AC Brault, Virologist in Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases, CDC, Ft Collins.