Welcome to CalSurv

Links to weather and climate websites have been added to CalSurv, and can be found under "Other resources". Current and past weekly arbovirus bulletins issued by the Vector-borne Disease Section of the California Department of Public Health are also on CalSurv, and can be accessed under "Vectorborne diseases --> Mosquitoborne --> Arbovirus bulletins" on the Main menu or "Diseases" on the user (system) menu.

California Plague Report, Summer 2011

Follow this link to read the report on California plague surveillance for the summer of 2011

California Plague Report, Winter 2010

Follow this link to read the report on California plague surveillance for the winter of 2010.

Tick-bite Prevention PSAs

A Dermacentor tick
The California Department of Public Health and the DEET Education
Program are pleased to present the two winning tick-bite prevention 
video Public Service Announcements (PSAs).	


The use of public health pesticides in California is a very important subject. It involves a number of programs, ranging from pesticide use reporting to the Department of Pesticide Regulation via County Agricultural Commissioners, Surveillance programs for resistance to pesticides by mosquitoes and other pests of public health importance, and training and certification of applicators of public health pesticides. Information on these subjects can be found under this general category. Also included are links to other resources on use and safety of public health pesticides.

Ixodes pacificus ticks tested for evidence of Borrelia species, California, 2008.

The following table contains the results of tests for evidence of Borrelia infection in ticks collected in California in 2008. The tests were conducted by the California Department of Public Health, Vector-Borne Disease Section (CDPH-VBDS), and by the United States Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine - West (US Army).

Mammals tested for plague in California, 2007

In 2007, 482 blood samples were collected from wild carnivores and 914 blood samples from wild rodents in connection with the statewide plague surveillance program conducted by the Vector-borne Disease Section of the California Department of Public Health. Veterinarians submitted 5 samples from domestic pets. Plague was confirmed in one domestic cat from Kern County. Plague antibodies were detected in 37 of 335 coyotes, 12 of 47 black bears, and one of 4 gray foxes. Among wild rodents, antibodies were detected in 23 of 432 California ground squirrels, and one of 237 chipmunks. Additionally, samples from 124 feral pigs were negative. All data from 2007 Annual Report, Vector-Borne Disease Section, California Department of Public Health.

Plague testing 2004

The California Department of Public Health routinely tests various types of animals for evidence of infection by plague bacilli. The map displays data for 2004 for tests on carnivores, rodents, and pets.


Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) is an infection caused by the bacteria Anaplasma phagocytophilum. HGA bacteria infect the whte blood cells of their hosts, specifically a group of cells called granulocytes. People acquire HGA in California, when they are bitten with a western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus) infected with HGA bacteria.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a serious disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii bacteria and transmitted to people by ticks, principally the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni and the American dog tick Dermacentor variabilis. In California, RMSF is a rare disease, with only 1 to 3 cases reported per year; most cases are reported from the south Atlantic region of the United States.

Additional information on RMSF can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website: