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Georgia Southern Partners to Examine a Multiagency Approach to Reducing West Nile Virus

The Richmond County Mosquito Control mission statement is to incorporate strategies of integrated mosquito control management that are effective, practical, and environmentally safe and protect the health of Richmond County residents, as well as promote public education, in order to prevent large mosquito populations and the diseases that they transmit. This is a small program with limited resources and to this end, coordinates efforts with other county agencies to provide enhanced service.

[Photo: Dr. Chris Rustin]

In an effort to provide better integrated mosquito management that focuses on risk, the mosquito control program and the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences joined efforts to trap mosquitoes at sites across the county, identify the species, and send mosquito pools for viral testing. These data help determine locations of disease-carrying mosquitoes so the county can more efficiently target and control the mosquito populations, thus, reducing the risk of West Nile virus transmission.

This case study titled, “A Multiagency Approach to Reducing West Nile Virus Risk in Richmond County, Georgia, in 2015,” describes Richmond County’s novel approach to reducing West Nile Virus and was published in the October-December issue of The United States Army Medical Department Journal. This study demonstrates that small mosquito control programs with limited resources can be effective through integrated partnerships.

Dr. Chris Rustin, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Georgia Southern University was one of the co-authors of the study.