Webinar/CE: What Does Mosquito and Vector Control Mean and Why Do We Need It?
Title: What Does Mosquito and Vector Control Mean and Why Do We Need It?
Guest Speaker: Nina Dacko, Vector Control Supervisor, Environmental Health Division, Tarrant County Public Health
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 10am CT / 9am MT
Note: No registration is required, and the session will be eligible for 1 hour of MLA CE credit
Description: Mosquitoes are known to be the most dangerous animals on the planet, killing millions of people each year. With climate change at hand, mosquito are expanding ranges in which they live, consequently increasing the risk for disease to humans and other animals. Along with mosquitoes, other potential disease carrying arthropods are also expanding their ranges. Aside from carrying diseases these arthropods may cause concern and annoyance both in and out of the home and office. People may engage in their own control and personal protection to keep from being eaten alive by these nasty creatures. They are not alone in the fight. Many local, state and federal agencies are helping if the public allots the funding.
The first portion of this talk will focus on the importance of vector control; what it is, why and how it exists and what these districts/support agencies do. The second portion of this talk will focus on the rise of vector control activities in Tarrant County, Texas after a major West Nile virus outbreak which occurred in North Texas in 2012. Surveillance and response activities will be discussed from the perspective of public health and will focus on mosquito-borne diseases within the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Speaker Bio: Nina Dacko has had a passion of working with insects ever since she was very young. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Science degree in entomology from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign in 2006 and a Master’s of Science in environmental toxicology from Texas Tech University in 2011. She has studied mosquitoes and been involved in mosquito surveillance and control activities in Illinois, California and Texas since 2006. She is currently the vector control supervisor in the Environmental Health Division at Tarrant County Public Health.
She is on multiple committees within the American Mosquito Control Association, namely the Chemicals Subcommittee within the Legislative Committee and the Special Publications Subcommittee within the Publications Committee. She also serves as Second Vice President of the Texas Mosquito Control Association and the Chair of both the Media and Annual Meeting Programs Committees within this association. Career goals include educating the public, government personnel and elected officials about the importance of mosquito and vector control, building up mosquito and vector control programs and furthering research within this field.
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