Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Mosquitoes and the Diseases They Carry

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with David Pecor and Carina Blackmore aired September 22, 2020, as the first program in the Disease Vectors of the U.S.A. series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Not all mosquitoes feed on human and mammal hosts and a few globally distributed species account for the bulk of infectious pathogens transmitted to humans and domestic animals. Part 1 of Disease Vectors of the U.S.A. focuses on why mosquitoes are such prominent disease carriers, the diseases they transmit, and how you can protect your family and pets. The speakers are David Pecor, Researcher at the National Museum of Natural History and the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (WRBU); and Carina Blackmore, D.VM. Ph.D., Director for the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection for the Florida Department of Health. The moderator is Yvonne Linton, Ph.D., of the National Museum of Natural History and WRBU.

Disease Vectors of the U.S.A. 

In addition to remaining vigilant about preventing the spread of COVID-19, we must also be aware of the diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks as we and our pets take in the outdoors.  West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Lyme, and heartworm are just a few of the diseases that we and our pets risk contracting when outdoors. Listen to what experts have to say about the hidden lives of mosquitoes and ticks and how to protect yourself, your family, and your pets against mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses.  

These programs were presented as Zoom video webinars and hosted in conjunction with the exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World.

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