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Mosquito Abatement in Louisiana Post Katrina and Rita

Broadcast Date: October 11, 2007
(1 hour, 30 minutes)

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Program Overview

On August 31, 2005, the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and its associated storm surge resulted in the destruction of large areas of Louisiana, which included Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes and the cities of Slidell and New Orleans. Three weeks later, Hurricane Rita pushed a second record storm surge over the western coast of Louisiana, destroying huge areas of Cameron and Vermillion Parishes. Vector control became an issue of utmost importance. Many of the professionals who normally handled these duties had evacuated and were as far away as California.

The mosquito/vector control response capacity pre-Katrina and Rita will be addressed and compared to mosquito/vector control response post-hurricane. Other topics to be covered include vector-related public health concerns such as arboviruses, as well as vectors of concern such as various mosquitoes, filth flies, bottle and blow flies and rats. The broadcast also will address the vector-related problems that continue to confront professionals, as storm-related changes in the ecology of vast areas of the state present ongoing challenges to mosquito abatement.

Faculty

Kyle Moppert
Medical Entomologist
Department of Health and Hospitals
Office of Public Health Center for Environmental Health Services

Target Audience

Environmental health personnel, public health nurses, rural public health, laboratory personnel, first responders, community planners, command and control personnel, public health and medical students, all public health professionals and their partners with whom they will need to communicate in a public health emergency

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None for this program.

Contact for Technical Assistance

334-206-5618 or email ALPHTN

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