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Mosquito- and tick-borne diseases: transmission, symptoms, prevention

Catherine Hill, Purdue University professor of medical entomology and a public health Extension specialist, studies insects and other arthropods that impact the health of humans and animals and biosecurity. Much of her work focuses on the biology and control of mosquitoes and ticks that transmit diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, Chikungunya, yellow fever, dengue, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. She is the coordinator of the Purdue Entomology Public HealthExtension Program, which aims to reduce transmission of vector-borne diseases through education. Hill can discuss the biology of mosquitoes and ticks and the transmission, epidemiology, symptoms and prevention of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. She also can talk about the biology and control of other medically relevant pests including lice, fleas, chiggers and bedbugs.

Hill also can discuss:

  • Domestic and exotic arthropod-borne disease threats
  • Development of new insecticides and other interventions to control mosquitoes and ticks.
  • Global spread and impact of neglected tropical diseases.
  • Mosquito resistance to control measures. 

Contact: Catherine Hill, 765-496-6157,

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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