Zika Risk in Texas Rises with Temperatures

As the state prepares for additional local transmission of the Zika virus during the 2017 mosquito season, the Texas Department of State Health Services is expanding its testing guidance for residents of six South Texas counties.

DSHS Monday issued a health alert that now recommends testing all pregnant residents of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties in both the first and second trimesters of pregnancy and any resident who has a rash plus at least one other common Zika symptom: fever, joint pain or eye redness. Continue reading

CDC Northeast Regional Center for Excellence seeks Program Manager Position in Vector Borne Diseases

This is a full-time (39 hrs/wk) 12-month term appointment with possibility of extension, dependent on funding and successful performance. 

Program Development. Implementation and Evaluation

  • Provide leadership for planning, implementing activities and progress reports for the Northeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector borne diseases. Develop needs assessment surveys and administer them to public health practitioners in the northeast US.
  • Plan and implement educational programs including curricula, short courses and seminars utilizing a variety of methods including direct teaching through group experiences, mass media, newsletters, electronic technology and distance learning.
  • Supervise undergraduate interns.
  • Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the input of all program partners and make recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
  • Communicate evaluation results, findings, and recommendations as appropriate.
  • Prepare quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and accomplishments. Write and disseminate news reports on the Center’s research and training programs.
  • Support the efforts of Center director and co-Investigators.

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2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Mosquitoes and Insect Borne Diseases

In this webinar, Dr. Derrick Mathias, Assistant Professor, Auburn University will discuss medically important mosquitoes and mosquito-borne viruses endemic to and threatening the Southeast. Learn about mosquito ecology, virus transmission, signs and symptoms of mosquito borne illnesses and how to assess your risk of infection.  Moderated by Ellen Huckabay and Lucy Edwards, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event.   Note: on April 7th, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.

When: Friday, April 7 at 2:00 pm EDT Continue reading

Common bacterium may help control disease-bearing mosquitoes

 

Genes from a common bacterium can be harnessed to sterilize male insects, a tool that can potentially control populations of both disease-bearing mosquitoes and agricultural pests, researchers at Yale University and Vanderbilt University report in related studies published Feb. 27 in two Nature journals.

The studies highlight the peculiar reproductive role of Wolbachia bacteria, which are found in the testes and ovaries of most insect species. Eggs fail to develop when fertilized by infected males, a process called cytoplasmic incompatibility. However, when females are also infected with Wolbachia, healthy embryos can develop. Continue reading

Purdue conference focuses on mosquito concerns

In PCT Magazine

With Zika virus grabbing headlines throughout 2016, many pest management professionals found themselves on the frontline as public health protectors, whether it was providing mosquito control services and/or educating the public.

Mosquito control is a different type of service that involves learning new equipment, products and regulations, as well as having a thorough understanding of mosquito biology and behavior. To help PMPs navigate mosquito control better, this year’s Purdue Pest Management Conference included sessions on mosquito management from leading experts. Continue reading

Vector-borne Disease Ecology position Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of vector-borne disease ecology starting in August 2017. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in Blacksburg, Virginia. This position is part of a new university-wide emphasis that includes the hiring of six faculty members in the area of infectious disease across four colleges. The faculty member in this position is expected to help establish and grow the new Global Systems Science Destination Area (http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html) through participation in this broader university effort. This Destination Area is focused on critical problems that cross the nexus of natural and human systems.

Deadline: January 15, 2017 Continue reading

Penn State seeks Professor of Entomology: Mosquito Transmission of Biosafety Level 3 Arboviruses

Professor of Entomology: Mosquito Transmission of Biosafety Level 3 Arboviruses

JOB NUMBER: 67910 (https://psu.jobs/job/67910)

STARTING DATE: March 1, 2017 or as negotiated

LOCATION: Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 Continue reading