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Mosquito Control Conference Set For April 9 In Ft. Pierre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Lon Kightlinger, (605) 773-3737 


Mosquito Control Conference Set For April 9 In Fort Pierre


PIERRE, S.D. – The annual South Dakota Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus Conference will be held April 9 at the AmericInn Conference Center in Fort Pierre. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. CST and the event begins at 10 a.m.


In 2012, South Dakota experienced its worst West Nile season since 2007 with WNV detections in 48 counties. There were 203 human cases reported, including three deaths. Surveillance details about the season can be found at doh.sd.gov/WestNile/PDF/Final2012.pdf


Although West Nile activity is difficult to predict, it is expected to threaten South Dakota for the foreseeable future. 


Janet McAllister, CDC Entomologist, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, is the keynote speaker. Dr. McAllister is one of the country’s leading experts on mosquito control. Conference topics will include practical operations; community needs of source reduction; larviciding, surveillance, and adulticiding; mosquito public relations; and a South Dakota West Nile status update. 


The conference is open to anyone involved in community mosquito control or in municipal, tribal, county or state governmental leadership. There is no registration fee.


Strengthening the state’s response to current and emerging public health threats is one goal of the department’s Health 2020 initiative.

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*Kightlinger (KYT’-ling-ur)