West Nile Virus
Th AMCA has produced a video to put a human face on the mosquito-borne virus statistics that we see every summer. It is pretty powerful.
The video was produced in an effort to encourage public support of personal protective measures and community mosquito control. For more information, visit the I’m One Program web site.
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 »
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 »
The AMCA has announced a WNV surveillance webinar to be conducted by Dr. Roger Nasci, Chief of the Arboviral Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The live webinar will address the patterns of human WNV cases seen across the U.S. since 1999 and will describe the best ways to predict human disease outbreak (which is inherently difficult). If you are a public health professional or a mosquito abatement district, you will want to tune in! AMCA members can log on to the webinar for free. There is a $100 fee for non-members. Visit this link for more information.