Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) June 19, 2014
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is joining the efforts of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) and local health departments in spreading the word about Mosquito Control Awareness Week, which takes place June 22-28, 2014.
The goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important services provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.
In addition to West Nile virus, dengue fever, and other diseases, another mosquito-borne virus called chikungunya is expected to become established sometime in North America, as it recently has done in the Caribbean. (See http://tinyurl.com/pzsey2q for more information).
Chikungunya is spread by the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and by the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), both of which are present in North America.
The following ESA mosquito experts are available for media interviews:
Dr. Grayson Brown
Director, Public Health Entomology Laboratory
University of Kentucky
Dr. Rebecca Trout Fryxell
Medical and Veterinary Entomologist
University of Tennessee
Dr. Janet C. McAllister, BCE
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
In addition, other local medical entomologists can be made available by contacting Richard Levine at 301-731-4535, ext 3009, or at rlevine(at)entsoc(dot)org.
Homeowners, teachers, and others are encouraged to learn more this week about mosquitoes and how they can be avoided and controlled by reading the Mosquito Prevention and Protection Factsheet at http://tinyurl.com/kna7sec.
The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has nearly 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit http://www.entsoc.org.