Ahead of the Curve

Mosquito Bite

Mosquito Bite

The emergence of the Zika Virus threat is forcing state governments to reevaluate their mosquito control resources. North Carolina has at least 5 residents who have contracted the Zika virus and the public concern has convinced official to reverse a decision in 2011 to eliminate their mosquito management program. North Carolina is hiring medical entomologists to map the locations of the mosquito vectors of Zika, evaluating the state of local mosquito control districts and making plans that can be swiftly implemented in the event of an outbreak. They must rebuild the institution that was eliminated and recapture the institutional memory that was lost. Politicians relearn the risk inherent in cutting programs that would be needed in a crisis.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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