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Silencing River Blindness – a Legendary Story of Public Health Triumph

As the world marshals its collective resources in the fight against COVID-19, an often forgotten major Public Health accomplishment achieved through an intense global Public-Private [...]

California Experiences Autumn WNV Pressure

California’s improved 2020 numbers against West Nile Virus took a step backward, beginning with the last full week of September. After a total of 33 [...]

Saint Louis Encephalitis Makes Grim Appearance

In September, Madera County California officials reported the first Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus (SLEV) mortality in the US since 2018. SLEV-related deaths are relatively uncommon. [...]

Battle in the Upper Keys

FKMCD hoping to turn the tide in the first major outbreak of dengue since 2010 Aedes aegypti As the world remains embattled with COVID-19 and [...]

Mosquitos Not a Threat to Vector COVID-19

Mosquitos can’t transmit the coronavirus, according to a Kansas State University study published in Scientific Reports, the first to produce conclusive evidence on the relationship […]


California Remains in Fight against WNV

A total of eight new cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) were reported in California’s August 28, 2020 Arbovirus Surveillance Bulletin, bringing the state’s year-to-date [...]

Parasites Need Conservation Too

Parasites like ticks and worms are often seen as pests and agents of diseases, but ecologists argue many parasites are actually harmless to humans and [...]

Tracey Talks

Fresh off an appearance on Ted Talks, Tracey McNamara provides prophetic insights on Coronavirus and her tireless efforts for zoonotic disease surveillance on a global [...]

Necessity is the Mother of Innovation

Powerful constraints demand skillful management. That usually means less about new tools and more about new ways to use existing ones. Resources come in many [...]

Evolving Public Health Partnerships

ESA leads the charge as vector control stakeholder groups join forces Once the Zika transmission cycle in the US was effectively controlled in 2016, the [...]

ASPPH Helps Frame the Future of Public Health Education

A clear and interesting example of innovation through adaptation lies in the domain of Public Health Education. Toward the end of 2016, we reported on [...]

Redefining the Problem that is Container Mosquitoes

Breakthroughs in Aedes control show potential for WNv programs, but more study is needed. WALS™ has gained notoriety in the recent past because of its [...]

Celebrating Public Health Heroes

As part of its ongoing mission to recognize leaders in the Public Health space, Valent BioSciences has launched a Public Health Heroes program for the […]

What Happened with Zika

Five powerful positives that emerged in the wake of the 2016 Zika outbreak Think back two years to 2016. Never a day went by when [...]

Adapting to Vehicle-Mounted WALS

Districts Gaining Expertise in Calibrating Truck-Mounted Sprayers for WALS Applications The first large-scale, aerial WALSTM applications in the U.S. took place nearly ten years ago in [...]

AMCA 2019 Preview

The 85th annual meeting of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) will be held February 25-March 1, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. This gathering of mosquito [...]

Predicting Public Health Risks with Satellite Imaging

Model predicts 63% of within-city dengue variance With ever-evolving technologies, there is growing amount of data to be interpreted. Of this data, satellite images are [...]

Social Media as an Epidemiological Tool

In public health, government entities often communicate directly with the public on social media platforms. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [...]

The Venturi Mixing System and WALS

With the omnipresent threat of Zika, mosquito control districts shifted efforts toward understanding and controlling the container breeding Aedes albopictus and Ae aegypti mosquitoes. Targeting [...]

ICYMI – Highlights from the American Public Health Association Conference 2018

The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest annual gathering of public health professionals.  More than 12,000 people attended the [...]

SOVE celebrates 50 years of contributions to Public Health

Founded by a small group of vector biologists in California in 1968, the Society of Vector Ecology (SOVE) hosted more than 250 attendees to celebrate [...]

If You Can’t Buy It, Print It – 3D Printing in Vector Control

In the not-too-distant past, the sole use for 3D printing in vector control may have been printing mosquito figurines for display on one’s desk. But [...]

Strategic Partnership in Public Health

To better serve vector management programs across the US and Caribbean, starting October 1, VBC and ADAPCO combined their respective market strengths by entering into [...]

Building Innovation
The Biorational Research Center Grand Opening

In the spring of 2016, VBC announced its plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art Biorational Research Center (BRC), and in July of 2018, this [...]

WMR 2015 Celebrates Successes, Highlights Challenges

2015 WORLD MALARIA REPORT MARKS END OF MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS ERA In her forward to the 2015 World Malaria Report (WMR), World Health Organization (WHO) [...]

Pinellas County Single-brood Trials Yield

Asynchronous, single-brood floodwater mosquitoes present a unique set of challenges in Florida’s Pinellas County. Not only do larvae within the Aedes and Culex populations hatch [...]

California takes a Proactive Approach to Managing Resistance Issues

Insecticide resistance is among the most challenging issues facing public health professionals, not only in California but around the world. As disease pressure increases, so [...]

Gem County, Idaho Reports Effective Control using MetaLarv® S-PT

The Gem County Mosquito Abatement District (GCMAD), located in Emmett, Idaho, encompasses only a portion of the county for which it is named. In addition [...]

UAVs on the Horizon

No matter the district, vector control resources are always at a premium. Mosquito control professionals constantly evaluate new technologies with the potential to increase program [...]

The Neglected Public Health Threat of Chagas Disease

The term “vector-borne disease” usually brings to mind a familiar list of names: malaria, West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, onchocerciasis, yellow fever. But there’s another [...]

Brazil Faces a Triple Threat From Viruses Old and New

A series of economic, environmental, and epidemiological factors have combined to present public health officials in Brazil with a very challenging situation this year. On [...]

Aedes Albopictus and Local Transmission of Dengue and Chikungunya

In the past decade, Aedes albopictus has been making steady northward progress from the Mediterranean coast into Europe. A highly opportunistic breeder, Aedes albopictus will [...]

The Changing Nature of Disease Management

As conditions in Southeast Asia continue to evolve, public health officials are constantly monitoring the transmission of multiple vectorborne diseases and adjusting their strategies to [...]

Public Health in the Public Eye

Communicating the value of a vector control program. Securing much-needed funding. Informing the community about upcoming treatments. Answering complaints. Trying to change behavior. As if [...]

Letter from the Editor

Hello, and welcome to our January 2016 edition of Public Health Landscape (PHL), a newsletter supporting our mission as public health professionals. The newsletter development [...]

Preparing the Next Generation

Ask Dr. Paul Brandt-Rauf, Dean of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, what has changed within the sphere of public health [...]

How the Zika Virus Spreads

This article focuses on the methods by which Zika virus is transmitted directly. Anyone who lives in or travels to an area where Zika virus [...]

A History of Zika Virus in Brazil

KNOWNS AND UNKNOWNS ABOUT THE ZIKA VIRUS EPIDEMIC The Zika virus is transmitted by container breeding mosquito species that are found in tropical and subtropical [...]

An Integrated Operations Approach to Managing Zika Virus Vectors

The current Zika virus outbreak in the Americas offers a stark reminder of how urbanization and ease of travel can magnify exposure to container mosquitoes [...]

Emerging Studies Gauge Zika Risk in Americas and Beyond

The Zika (ZIKV) pandemic and its widespread implications have spurred increased activity on several fronts. In addition to countless hours of laboratory research being devoted [...]

Top 5 Takeaways from Our Interview with Dr. Tracey McNamara

Dr. Tracey McNamara In mid-July, Valent BioSciences had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Tracey McNamara, DVM, DACVP, and Professor of Pathology in the College of [...]

Miami-Dade Takes on Zika with Integrated Vector Management

In late July, months after news of the Zika outbreak in South America started to make headlines in the U.S., the first locally acquired Zika [...]

Zika Roundtable Brings Together Public and Private Sectors

Member of the roundtable pictured left to right: Moderator Undersecretary Catherine Novelli, Dr. Steve Krause, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Margaret Mcdonnell, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer. Photo [...]

The Power of Partnerships

The spread of Zika virus is the latest in a long history of disease outbreaks that elicit a great sense of urgency among the Public [...]

The Battle Against Insecticide Resistance

When the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes insecticide resistance as a major threat for the control of vector-borne diseases, it is officially a topic of [...]

Single-brood Floodwater Innovation Gains Momentum

VECTOPRIME USE EXPANDS IN FORMULATION’S SECOND YEAR Single-brood control of floodwater mosquitoes has long been a particularly tough challenge for mosquito control districts. Just as [...]

WMR Highlights Successes, Stresses Need for More Funding

The 2016 World Malaria Report (WMR) follows a familiar theme: a positive accounting of successes to-date with a strong undercurrent regarding the need for better [...]

Seminal Aedes aegypti control Case Study Published in PLOS

In September 2016, a much-anticipated research article was published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases detailing a multi-phased study on container mosquito control in Cambodia. This [...]

40 Years Young – The Discovery and Life of Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis

In 1972, an award was created to recognize individuals who contributed in an outstanding manner toward scientific knowledge and public leadership that preserves and enhances [...]

Letter from the Editor

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to this edition of Public Health Landscape, a newsletter supporting our mission to protect human potential as public health professionals. Opening the [...]

Partnerships, Planning Keys to Success Against Zika

At this time last year, public awareness in North America started to turn, for the first time, toward a little-known disease called Zika. First identified [...]