Hamilton County employs an integrated mosquito management methods that are endorsed by the CDC and EPA are comprehensive and specifically tailored to safely counter each stage of the mosquito life cycle. Larval control through water management and source reduction, is a critical pest management as is use of the environmentally friendly EPA-approved larvicides currently available. When source elimination or larval control measures are difficult to acheive, or when disease presences is identified, the EPA and CDC have emphasized the need for considered application of adulticides. Local health staff are certified applicators and trained by the Office of the Indiana State Chemist in the special handling characteristics of these products.
Our mosquito management program includes the following elements:
1. larval and adult mosquito sampling;
2. source reduction;
3. larviciding and adulticiding, when indicated by surveillance;
4. resistance monitoring;
5. disease surveillance in mosquitoes, and humans
6. public education.
In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.
In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
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