In response to the threat of the Zika virus and in an effort to prepare for other mosquito-borne diseases, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks to have a thorough understanding of the capacity of communities to provide mosquito control services and respond to locally acquired cases. Georgia DPH awarded Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation, Inc. a $40,000 grant to survey mosquito control capacity for city and county governments within the State of Georgia. Under supervision of Dr. Christopher Rustin, assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences, researchers and students in the Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health will assess and categorize the capabilities of each government entity across the State. This information will be used by the Georgia DPH to assess resource allocation needs and better plan and respond to potential mosquito-borne disease threats.
[Photo: Dr. Christopher Rustin]