Mosquito & Vector News

Mosquitoes evolved to fly away with a belly full of your blood—without you ever noticing

From Popular Science October 19, 2017 Mosquitoes are weird fliers. Your typical aeronaut—a sparrow or a fruit fly, for instance—takes flight by jumping into the air. Only once aloft do they begin to flap their wings. Mosquitoes have the perplexing distinction of doing basically do the opposite. They begin their flight pattern by flapping their wings for…

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If A Pile Of Poo Has An Emoji, Shouldn’t A Mosquito Have One Too?

From NPR October 18, 2017 There are 2,666 emojis available for tweets and texts. Everything from a butterfly to a croissant to a unicorn. But global health advocates think there’s one important emoji that’s missing: the mosquito. It is, after all, the world’s deadliest animal. The diseases it spreads, like malaria and dengue, cause one million…

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The head of the U.S.’s largest mosquito control program has science on her side

From Popular Science October 17, 2017 There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, and if Jodi Holeman could, she’d catch one of each. She can identify the bugs down to the genus, and usually the species, by sight. She has only 19 kinds pinned in her collection but carries plastic bags wherever…

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Association Updates

News Briefs 10.13.17

MVCAC Planning Meeting; Visual Gateway Workshop Interest Form; CDPH VBDS 2016 Annual Report; From ESA – Hurricane Recovery: Your Help is Needed; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Leading Edge Training Course for Unmanned Aerial Systems Click…

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News Briefs 10.06.17

From ESA – Hurricane Recovery: Your Help is Needed; Contra Costa MVCD – Paula Macedo, New General Manager, Takes the Helm; Alameda MAD – Quarterly Newsletter and Updates; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Leading Edge Training…

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CDPH VBDS 2016 Annual Report

From CDPH October 9, 2017 The 2016 Annual Report of the Vector-Borne Disease Section has been posted on the VBDS Annual Report webpage: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/VBDSAnnualReports.aspx. A PDF of the report is also available here, and one hard copy is being mailed to each agency this week. If you do not receive a copy, or would like…

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