Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus Experts to Swarm Detroit

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While most mosquitoes lie dormant for the winter, the mosquito-control industry is actively planning ways to control the pests – and subsequently the spread of West Nile virus – when they reemerge this spring. Thousands of industry leaders, public health officials, scientists, and academics will gather the week of February 27 to March 2 in Detroit for the 72nd American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Annual Meeting to discuss predictions, prevention, and protection for the 2006 mosquito season.

With more than 2,800 human cases in 2005, the threat of West Nile virus remains common and widespread. Indeed, 62 of these cases occurred in Michigan, with 39 cases requiring extensive hospitalization and leaving the victims permanently paralyzed and 6 fatalities. Tellingly, none of the Michigan West Nile cases occurred in counties with organized mosquito control activities. But that is only one issue on the horizon. The resurgence of malaria is becoming an international concern. New repellent developments could augment or supplant DEET. And the advanced science behind new mosquito-control technologies is helping evolve Integrated Mosquito Management practices nationwide.

The event will provide a wealth of resources as you begin to think about related stories. It will bring together some of the world’s leading authorities on mosquitoes, vector-borne diseases, and abatement issues. And it will highlight mosquito control efforts in Michigan, showcasing some of the world’s most sophisticated and progressive mosquito-control organizations.

WHAT: Live interview opportunities with experts, scientists, and academics on mosquito control, mosquito-borne disease, and containment strategies.

Photo opportunities with great visuals, hands-on examples, and product/equipment demonstrations.

Potential story angles on new products using sound pulses to control mosquito larvae, the science behind mosquito-control methods, novel technologies under development for repellents, and the dynamics of the spread of WNV and predictions for 2006.

WHEN: Various opportunities Monday, Feb. 27 through Thursday, Mar. 2.

WHERE: Interviews and visuals available in your studio, office, by phone, or on location at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

WHO: Contact Joseph Conlon Technical Advisor, American Mosquito Control Association                                    

(904) 215-3008, (904) 874-0734 cell

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is a scientific/educational, not-for-profit public service association dedicated to enhancing health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes, other vectors, and pests of public health importance. The AMCA has more than 1,600 members representing academia, government, industry, and operations in more than 100 countries.

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