Vectors of Disease in Disasters

Course Description:

This course consists of two parts. Part one will discuss vectors of health importance in a disaster. This part will address vectors such as mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas and rodents. It will also focus on the factors affecting transmission of vectors of disease and methods of control. Part two will discuss evaluation and control strategies in a disaster. Information will be provided regarding the safe use of pesticides, technical information necessary for evaluating the need for vector and rodent control, and discussion regarding the formulation of national training programs for the evaluation and control of vector-borne diseases after a natural disaster.

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Identify vector-borne diseases in disasters
  • Discuss major vectors of health importance encountered in disasters
  • Design strategies for vector control
  • Describe the safe use of pesticides
  • Discuss the appropriate methods to monitor and evaluate vector control programs
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 4.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Vectors of Disease in Disasters
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Assaf Abdelghani

Assaf Abdelghani, ScD, MSPH, DPH

Dr. Abdelghani is a professor and former chair of the Department of the Environmental Health Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana. His current research and teaching focus is on national and international environmental health concerns including the impact of chemical substances in the environment.  Dr. Abdelghani is also an instructor with the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness, a CDC funded center which provides continuing education to the public health workforce. His courses focus on food safety as well as sampling and monitoring following a disaster.

Dr. Abdelghani has worked for national and international health organizations and ministries of health in many countries including Central American and Middle Eastern countries, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, and others. His responsibilities included assessment of the impact of biological and chemical contaminants on human health and the environment, control of communicable disease, health education, immunizations, food and water protection, air quality, solid waste disposal and control of vectors of disease.  He is also the director of the Environmental Health Laboratories at the School of Public Health and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Reviews on Environmental Health. Dr. Abdelghani has more than a 120 scientific Publications and national and international presentations.

Available Credit

  • 4.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 4.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Vectors of Disease in Disasters


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