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FDA Issues Final Guidance Clarifying FDA and EPA Jurisdiction over Mosquito-Related Products

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized guidance to provide information on FDA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jurisdiction over the regulation of mosquito-related products intended to function as pesticides, including those produced through the use of biotechnology.

Read more: https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm578420.htm

Update on Zika

In Southwest Farm Press

Our world is a place full of risk and danger. Every day we hear about numerous threats life and health.

Yet each morning most of us drink our coffee, crank up our engines and hit the road. After all, we must survive, and we carefully throw up barriers to keep us from dwelling on the negatives of life. Continue reading

AgriLife Extension entomologists provide advice for women regarding Zika virus

By: Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

Initially, the Zika virus was considered a “mild” disease, but public health officials have become increasingly concerned that pregnant women who contract Zika can pass the virus to their unborn babies, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists.

“The main cause for concern is the possibility the Zika virus may cause microcephaly, a condition where the fetal brain and head do not fully develop and reach normal size,” said Dr. Mike Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist, Dallas. “Currently, there is no vaccine or preventive treatment for Zika, nor is there a cure for microcephaly.” Continue reading

Breadfruit can be effective mosquito repellent, studies show

From USDA ARS

Breadfruit, used as a folk remedy in Pacific regions to control insects, is an effective mosquito repellent, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found.

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Can students use mosquito repellents in schools? West Nile virus prompts diligence in schools

With Dallas officials having declared a state of emergency in regards to West Nile virus, Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel are being flooded with calls from area school integrated pest management coordinators seeking information to allay parent’s and teachers’ mosquito concerns once school starts.

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Tips to protect yourself from mosquitoes

Many of you may have seen some of the news articles about West Nile virus in Dallas, TX. Although the virus is not prevalent in every state, I thought it might be worth sharing part of an article from the NC Pest News from Dr. Mike Waldvogel about ways you can minimize mosquitoes around your yard. Some of the information later in the article (particularly the contact information for NC Department of Agriculture) may not be relevant, but you can probably get the same information from your state’s department of agriculture.

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