05/09/2023: Occupations at Risk for Vector-Borne Diseases

Occupations at Risk for Vector-Borne Diseases

About the webinar:

The incidence of vector-borne diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes are increasing in the United States. Various occupations, such as agriculture, logging, outdoor recreational, and construction workers, are especially at risk for these diseases. This presentation will describe the primary insect vectors, major diseases they spread, risk factors, and methods to prevent exposure to insect vectors.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the major insect vectors to which workers are exposed

  • Recognize the diseases they spread

  • Summarize how and where these diseases occur, and risk factors for developing disease

  • Discuss interventions to reduce workplace risk for developing these diseases

Speaker: Wayne T. Sanderson, PhD, CIH

Wayne Sanderson is a Professor in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department in the College of Agricultural, Food, and the Environment at the University of Kentucky. He is the Director of the Central Appalachian Regional Education Research Center (CARERC) and Director of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention. Dr. Sanderson conducts research on respiratory diseases, cancers, infectious diseases, injuries, chronic diseases, and adverse birth outcomes associated with a wide variety of occupational and environmental exposures.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983, for 1.0 contact hours.

Certificates of Completion

Certificates of Completion will be available to webinar participants who are present for the complete, live webinar, and logged in with their registered email address. Call-in attendees are not eligible for certificates at this time - Please download the Zoom app to log in via email on your smartphone whenever possible.

In order to receive your Certificate of Completion, qualified learners must complete the post-webinar evaluation within 7 days of the webinar. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to qualified learners 24 hours after the webinar via no-reply@zoom.us. Qualified learners who submit their evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion via email, and can also print/save the certificate from their browser after submitting their evaluation.

If you're not able to attend the live presentation, no problem! We record most presentations and will host them on our website provided we have permission to do so. Presentation recordings are not eligible for Certificates of Completion.

Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC)

About Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC):

The CARERC is one of 18 university-based occupational safety and health training programs sponsored by NIOSH/CDC. The CARERC combines the academic resources of five colleges at the University of Kentucky (UK) and two colleges at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to provide a fully equipped and recognized resource for occupational safety and health research and training in our region. As a result of this partnership between two leading institutions of higher education, we offer graduate programs and continuing education in Occupational Safety, Occupational Medicine Residency, Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Epidemiology, Occupational Athletic Training, Mining Health & Safety, and Agricultural Safety & Health.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.