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A clearer picture emerges in Dallas: mosquito surveillance key in fighting WNV epidemics

Posted on July 25th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments

I remember being frustrated when WNV illness was surging in Alabama in 2002-2003.  With such a complex transmission cycle, and so little known about the ecology of the virus in a naive part of the world, it was difficult to figure out how to have a real impact in controlling transmission to people in any given area of the state.  It was even more difficult to communicate a clear strategy to community officials because testing and result turn-around time hampered our knowledge of what was happening.  And if that was difficult, it was close to impossible to clearly communicate to the public the nuanced message about what might be happening and why.  Even though government resources were given to us abundantly, expertise was stretched thin, and by the time a new crop of entomologists trained in mosquito identification emerged, funding … Read More »

AVMS seeks current information about mosquito and other vector work around Alabama

Posted on July 23rd, by alovell in 2013, Uncategorized. 4 comments


We would like to hear from you!  If you or your program are collecting and testing mosquitoes for disease, or you are involved in any type of vector surveillance or research in the state of Alabama, we’d like to know it. Other researchers and members of the public frequently ask us who and where this type of work is being done.  Because yearly budgets fluctuate so highly and staff turnover can be great, please keep us posted on the work you are doing.  The AVMS would be happy to be a clearing house for inquiries about your work.  You may leave the information in the comment section of this post, or Contact Us.


ETA:  Please, also feel free to provide your contact information or website in the comment section.  The AVMS moderates all comments, though, and spam will not … Read More »

Date Finalized for 2014 AVMS Annual Meeting

Posted on July 22nd, by alovell in 2013, AVMS Meetings. No Comments

The AVMS Executive Board has selected the dates and location for the 2014 AVMS Annual Meeting.  It will be held at the Island House Hotel, as was the 2013 Annual Meeting, on March 6-7, 2014. Stay connected with us to keep abreast of the latest information and preliminary agenda.

ADPH and USDA announce new raccoon rabies cases in previous ORV zones, need help with surveillance

Posted on July 17th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments


The Alabama Department of Public Health and the USDA Wildlife Services (WS) program in Alabama have picked up several new raccoon rabies positives to the north and west of the previous Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) barrier along the Coosa-Alabama river systems.

Current, real-time testing of road-killed raccoons and strange-acting raccoons by WS has revealed more than 15 positive cases in three distinct locations within previous ORV baited areas.

Some positive cases have been discovered during local population reduction efforts around previously-confirmed positive animals.

Both agencies are asking for help from county environmentalists and others to detect even more cases if they are present.  It is important to diagnose where the western-most positive case may be in order to refine future baiting/vaccinating strategies.  Contingency plans are being made to address these recent “breaches” of the biological, geographical, and historical raccoon rabies-free zone.

If you live … Read More »

The AMCA offers mosquito control and prevention tips during Mosquito Awareness Week

Posted on June 27th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J–When those buggers are buzzing around,
making grilling, pool time and wiffle ball impossible, think prevention! Enjoy the
outdoors this summer and stop the spread of mosquito-borne illness by following tips
offered by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) to prevent mosquito
infestation and control an existing problem.

“In 2012, we witnessed a strong resurgence in cases of West Nile Virus, which had
declined somewhat in recent years after peaking in 2003,” said AMCA Technical
Advisor Joe Conlon. “To ensure the safety of family, friends and pets, it’s extremely
important to make sure you’re taking the proper steps: first, reducing mosquito breeding
through water management and source reduction, and second, reducing adult mosquito

Easy steps to take in any backyard include cleaning debris from rain gutters, filling drain
puddles and ditches, changing bird bath water once a week and checking for trapped
water in canvas or plastic tarps.

If a mosquito … Read More »