Author: Sarah Austin

News Briefs 4.7.21

New CEU Process; March Board Meeting Minutes Now Available; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; WNV Dead Bird Call Center Opens April 12; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member…

UConn professor works on developing Zika virus vaccine

From The Daily Campus April 8, 2021 A University of Connecticut associate professor recently had successful results in animal trials and is moving onto the next steps to produce a Zika virus vaccine.   Paulo Verardi, associate professor of virology and vaccinology, with help from then Ph.D. student Brittany Jasperse, were among the first researchers to file for…

Rodent Control Specialist, Marin/Sonoma MVCD

Description: The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District (MSMVCD) is accepting applications for the Rodent Control Specialist position. To apply, please complete the MSMVCD Employment Application, Supplemental Questionnaire, attach a resume (optional), and submit via email at recruitment@msmosquito.org or fax to (707) 795-2299. Applications will also be accepted by mail at the following address: 595 Helman Lane, Cotati, CA. 94931.…

Source Reduction/Wastewater Specialist, Marin/Sonoma MVCD

Description: The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District (MSMVCD) is accepting applications for the Source Reduction/Wastewater Specialist position. To apply, please complete the MSMVCD Employment Application, Supplemental Questionnaire, attach a resume, and submit via email at recruitment@msmosquito.org or fax to (707) 795-2299. Applications will also be accepted by mail at the following address: 595 Helman Lane, Cotati, CA. 94931. Submission…

Officials Urge Pasadenans to Help Take the Bite out of Mosquito Season

From Pasadena Now April 6, 2021 The San Gabriel Valley saw no deaths from West Nile virus during the pandemic lockdown, and vector control officials say they are hoping to continue the trend by reminding residents to get rid of standing water on their properties to prevent the mosquitoes that transmit the illness, and others, from breeding.…

Vector Control: mosquito and tick season is fast approaching

From NBC KOBI April 5, 2021 JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — As the weather gets warmer, Jackson County Vector Control wants to remind you to protect yourself and your pets. Mosquitoes and ticks come out as the seasons change, they can carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease. Biologists at the vector control center…

Vector Control Trainee, Santa Clara County Vector Control District

Description: Under close supervision, to perform field inspections for the detection, control and prevention of mosquitoes, rodents and other vertebrate vectors. To learn about the District, please visit https://vector.sccgov.org/about-district Position Status: Full-time Submission Deadline: April 14, 2021  11:59 PM Pacific Please click here for more information.

Scientific Operations Director, West Valley MVCD

Description: Under the direct supervision of the District Manager, the Scientific Director 1) plans, implements, directs, and administers the District’s Scientific Programs, and 2) supervises and trains laboratory scientific staff and any seasonal employees. Submission Deadline: Open until filled Please click here for more information.

Mosquito Control – Full time, Tehama County MVCD

Description: 1 Mosquito control positions, full time with benefits. Job announcement and applications may be obtained from TCMVCD District office. Contact the District for more information at office location 11861 Highway 99W Red Bluff, Mailing address PO Box 1005 Red Bluff, CA 96080, (530) 527-1676 or website tcmvcd.specialdistirct.org.  Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021 Please click…

News Briefs 3.31.21

New CEU Process; MVCAC Legislative Day; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; WNV Dead Bird Call Center Opens April 12; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19;…

Successful Zika vaccine in preclinical studies

From Science Daily April 1, 2021 UConn researcher Paulo Verardi, associate professor of pathobiology and veterinary science in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, has demonstrated the success of a vaccine against Zika virus and recently published his findings in Scientific Reports, a Nature Research publication. He has also filed provisional patent for the novel…

Cal Poly Study Finds Light Pollution Drives Increased Risk of West Nile Virus

From Cal Poly News March 2021 SAN LUIS OBISPO — A new study from Cal Poly and the University of South Florida (USF) is the first to provide direct evidence that light pollution is driving infectious disease patterns in nature. The research team previously determined mosquitoes and birds are attracted to artificial light at night,…

Vector Field Assistant (Limited Term), Greater Los Angeles County VCD

Description: Under general supervision, the Vector Field Assistant performs support work associated withsurveillance activities, including setting and collecting mosquito traps along an assigned route;cares for and maintains sentinel chicken flocks; and performs related work as required. Submission Deadline: 4/17/2021 5:00pm Please click here for more information.

News Briefs 3.24.21

New CEU Process; MVCAC Legislative Day; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; MVCAC PFAS Statement; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Delta VCD; Submit…

Zika virus helps destroy deadly brain cancer in mice

From Washington University in St. Louis March 24, 2021 The Zika virus that ravaged the Americas, leaving many babies with permanent brain damage, may have a silver lining. The virus can activate immune cells to destroy an aggressive brain cancer in mice, giving a powerful boost to an immunotherapy drug and sparking long-lasting immunological memory…

Extra Help Vector Control Technician, San Gabriel Valley MVCD

Description: The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is seeking Extra-Help Vector Control Technicians, who are interested in gaining experience in vector control. Extra-help Vector Control Technicians act as a layer of support for District activities during times of peak activity. Candidates hired will assist in a variety of functions within the District,…

Vector Control Offers Tips on Mosquito-Proofing Rain Barrels, Water Conservation

From SCVNews.com March 22, 2021 As Southern California residents, water conservation is part of our lifestyle and rain barrels are an easy way to capture rainwater for future use. However, if not properly maintained, rain barrels can become an ideal breeding source for mosquitoes. Learn how to mosquito-proof your rain barrel and continue to conserve…

Field Sciences (Biology) – summer/fall seasonal – travel required, Clarke

Description: The Field Sciences seasonal position is responsible for assisting the Field Biologists with field evaluations, data entry, shipping of equipment and keeping inventory up to date. The candidate will assist with some of our local and remote studies following strict procedures accordingly with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. Ideal Candidate will have completed…

Mosquito Control Technician – Maintenance Aide, Greater Los Angeles County VCD

Description: Under general supervision, the Mosquito Control Technician – Maintenance Aide (MCT-MA) assists department staff with repairs and performs maintenance of District vehicles, buildings, and routine maintenance of facility. This assignment will be based at the Santa Fe Springs office but may require occasional travel throughout the District’s jurisdiction, including reporting to the Sylmar branch…

News Briefs 3.17.21

2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting; New CDPH-VBDS WNV Webpage in Spanish; Timely Messages for Adult Tick Season; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources…

Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus could be resistant to insecticides, study finds

From WTSP March 17, 2021 FLORIDA, USA — A new study from the University of Florida found that mosquitoes that carry and transmit the Zika virus have shown resistance to insecticides designed specifically to prevent the spread of the disease. Researchers are calling the findings a threat to public health. The chemicals found in the insecticide, known…

USU biologist using innovative research to track mosquitos

From the Cache Valley Daily March 17, 2021 LOGAN —  While most people consider mosquitos an annoying pest, Utah State University Assistant Biology Professor Norah Saarman wanted to examine how they can spread infectious diseases. “Our goal was to use images from space to see if we could predict how distant genetic mosquitos were or…

Program Supervisor, Contra Costa MVCD

Description: Under direction of the Operations Manager, supervises assigned employees and oversees related vector programs; performs quality control inspections; provides field and classroom instruction and training to field staff; assists field employees with problematic service request, vector inspections and control work; coordinates various projects with other agencies concerning implementation of code enforcement/administrative citation processes, field…

Laboratory Technician I, Contra Costa MVCD

Description: Under the direction of the Scientific Program Manager, the Laboratory Technician I assists with field surveys for vectors and vector-borne diseases, identifies mosquitoes and other organisms to species and submits them for testing, assists with care/maintenance of sentinel chicken flocks, records data and performs routine data entry, assists with laboratory assays and field research…

News Briefs 3.10.21

2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting; New CDPH-VBDS WNV Webpage in Spanish; Timely Messages for Adult Tick Season; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources…

Study of mosquito protein could lead to treatments against life-threatening viruses

From the National Institutes of Health March 10, 2021 The mosquito protein AEG12 strongly inhibits the family of viruses that cause yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, and Zika and weakly inhibits coronaviruses, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their collaborators. The researchers found that AEG12 works by destabilizing the viral…

Mosquito Control Technician, Greater Los Angeles County VCD

Description: Under general direction of the Operations Supervisor and direct supervision of the Vector Control Specialist IV Lead, the Mosquito Control Technician (MCT) performs inspections and control operations relative to mosquito vector problems in an assigned area. The MCT exercises safe and proper judgment in the execution of daily vector control assignments. The MCT position…

Mosquito Control Technician – Office Aide, Greater Los Angeles County VCD

Description: Under general supervision, the Mosquito Control Technician – Office Aide (MCT-OA) performs a variety of clerical and administrative duties for the District including but not limited to phone and customer service support, photocopying, and data entry; prepares a variety of documents and correspondence; data entry and performs related work as required. This position serves…

Seasonal Vector Control Technician I, Northwest MVCD

Description: Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District is looking for qualified applicants to fill numerous job openings for entry level, seasonal vector control technicians. These technicians work under the supervision of a licensed vector control technician to implement Integrated Vector Management practices to protect residents of Northwest Riverside County. Assigned duties include: Identifying, removing, or…

News Briefs 3.3.2021

Post MVCAC Annual Conference FAQ; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Placer MVCD; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR…

Scientists reveal details of antibodies that work against Zika virus

From EurekAlert! February 25, 2021 ROCKVILLE, MD – The Zika outbreak of 2015 and 2016 is having lasting impacts on children whose mothers became infected with the virus while they were pregnant. Though the numbers of Zika virus infections have dropped, which scientists speculate may be due to herd immunity in some areas, there is…

News Briefs 2.24.21

Post MVCAC Annual Conference FAQ; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Anastasia Mosquito Control District Survey; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Placer MVCD; Submit your district for…

Santa Clara County to combat mosquito breeding season in marshlands

From Palo Alto Online February 25, 2021 On Friday, Santa Clara County plans to hover over the Palo Alto Flood Basin — an area known to be a mosquito breeding ground around this time of the year — to release a specific bacteria found in soil to stunt mosquitoes from maturing. The county’s Vector Control…

Seasonal Vector Assistant, Shasta MVCD

Description: The position of Seasonal Vector Assistant is a temporary position which requires candidates to be available to work a minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The term of the position is anticipated to begin the first week of April and is expected to end on or about September 30th. The term and scheduled…

Social Media Intern, Placer MVCD

Description: At Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District, we’re committed to protecting public health in Placer County. Our staff is key to this commitment. Our District’s internship program is an effort to inspire, develop and recruit young talent to the science and vector control field. Internship opportunities at the District seasonally provide on-the-job experience in…

Seasonal Vector Control Assistant Truckee, Placer MVCD

Description: The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking seasonal staff to assist in mosquito and vector surveillance, control, and other support roles.  Our District is based in Roseville, CA and serves all of Placer County. This position is for the District’s Truckee substation. Position Status: Temporary, Full-Time Submission Deadline: April 29, 2021 Positions will…

Seasonal Vector Control Assistant Intern Roseville and Truckee, Placer MVCD

Description: The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking seasonal staff to assist in mosquito and vector surveillance, control and other support roles. Our District is based in Roseville, CA, and operates a substation near Truckee, CA. Placer Mosquito serves all of Placer County. Position Status: Temporary, Full-Time Internships Submission Deadline: April 29, 2021 Interns…

News Briefs 2.18.21

Post MVCAC Annual Conference FAQ; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Letters from Valent, AMVAC and Central Life Sciences concerning PFAS in their packaging; Anastasia Mosquito Control District Survey; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources…

Zika vaccine candidate shows promise in phase I trial

From MedicalXpress February 16, 2021 The Zika virus candidate, Ad26.ZIKV.001, a replication-incompetent human adenovirus serotype 26 (ad26) vector showed promising safety and immunogenicity in a phase I clinical trial. Researchers say the vaccine warrants further development should the need reemerge. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is transmitted via…

Researchers Unveil Detailed Genome of Invasive Malaria Mosquito

From UC San Diego February 11, 2021 Despite the broad notoriety of sharks, snakes, scorpions and other formidable creatures, mosquitoes remain the deadliest animal on the planet… by far. Mosquito-transmitted malaria remains the number one worldwide killer among vector-borne diseases, claiming more than 400,000 human lives in 2019. In order to engineer advanced forms of…

News Briefs 2.10.21

Presidents Day; Post MVCAC Annual Conference FAQ; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; Letters from Valent, AMVAC and Central Life Sciences concerning PFAS in their packaging; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Placer MVCD; Submit your…

SEASONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL AIDE, Fresno MVCD

Description:Please click here for a full description. Submission Deadline: Open until filled How to Apply: It is required to, at minimum, submit a completed FMVCD application in order to be considered for any position. Please send any cover letters, resumes, or any supplemental application documents in the same e-mail as your Completed Application. The application is…

SEASONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL TECHNICIAN, Fresno MVCD

Description: Please click here for a full description. Submission Deadline: Open until filled How to Apply: It is required to, at minimum, submit a completed FMVCD application in order to be considered for any position. Please send any cover letters, resumes, or any supplemental application documents in the same e-mail as your Completed Application. The application…

News Briefs 2.3.2021

A few scenes from the MVCAC Annual Conference; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Placer MVCD; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use…

Mosquito Control Assistant/Technician (Permanent and Seasonal), East Side MAD

Description: Under general supervision, to locate potential sources of mosquitoes, planning and carry out required vector suppression activities, and perform other related work as required. Submission Deadline: Open until filled Please click here for more information.

Extra Help Mosquito Control Aide, East Side MAD

Description: Under direction and supervision of the District Manager, this Extra Help position will perform basic vector control operations and surveillance duties and do other related work as required. Submission Deadline: Open until filled Please click here for more information.

In vitro study helps explain how Zika virus passes from mother to fetus during pregnancy

From EurekAlert! February 3, 2021 Tampa, FL (Feb. 3, 2021) — A preclinical study by a University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine research team has discovered a new mechanism for how Zika virus can pass from mothers to their children during pregnancy – a process known as vertical transmission. The researchers showed, for the…

Student Scientist Searches for Therapeutics to Treat West Nile Virus

From Cal State Fullerton February 2, 2021 With no treatment or cure for West Nile virus — spread through the bite of an infected mosquito — Cal State Fullerton undergraduate researcher Shaina Nguyen is working on creating new therapeutics to treat people infected with the disease. “Hopefully, our research could provide possible drug therapeutics to…

New malaria mosquito emerges in African cities, and experts are worried

From Business Ghana January 31, 2021 A new malaria mosquito is emerging in African cities, with potentially devastating consequences for those living there, according to a new study. The larvae of Anopheles stephensi — India’s main mosquito vector of malaria — are now “abundantly present” in locations across Africa, researchers from The Netherlands’ Radboud University…

News Briefs 1.27.2021

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Invasive Aedes Toolkit; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting SAVE-THE-DATE; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Placer MVCD; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs…