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Mosquito Control Conference Set For Sept. 25 In Ft. Pierre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, September 11. 2013
Lon Kightlinger, (605) 773-3737 


Mosquito Control Conference Set For Sept. 25 In Ft. Pierre


PIERRE, S.D. – The annual South Dakota Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus Conference will be held Sept. 25 at the AmericInn Conference Center in Ft. Pierre. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. CDT and the event begins at 10 a.m. The event was moved from its typical spring time slot due to a blizzard.


In 2012, South Dakota experienced its worst West Nile season since 2007 with WNV detections in 48 counties and 203 human cases, including three deaths. To date in 2013, South Dakota has reported 71 human cases and one death. Surveillance updates and prevention information can be found on the department’s website at http://westnile.sd.gov.


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, source reduction, larviciding, surveillance, adulticiding and an update of the current season. 


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)