County Health Department Added To Vector Control Program
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has added the Chautauqua County Health Department into the Vector Control Collaborative Program, which strengthens the ability of local communities to detect and respond to disease threats spread by mosquitoes and ticks.
The program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Division of Vector-Borne Diseases.
Local vector control programs are the front line of defense against vector-borne disease threats such as West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis virus and Zika virus.
The VCC provides an opportunity for local program officials to share best practices in vector control, surveillance and guidance and to contribute tools and recommendations in implementing Integrated Pest Management and Integrated Mosquito Management principles. The program pairs mentee programs with vector control programs with demonstrated expertise (mentors) in the fundamental capabilities of vector control and surveillance.
Chautauqua County will focus on three capabilities during its mentorship: routine mosquito surveillance through standardized trapping and species identification, treatment decisions using surveillance data, and routine vector control activities. Chautauqua County staff will work with officials from their mentor, Tulsa Health Department, to implement best practices surrounding their identified capabilities and to assist them in working through any barriers during the process.
To date, NACCHO has awarded 37 Vector Control Collaborative grants across 11 states to train program staff in key functions in mosquito and tick management, build jurisdictional partnerships, and expand program operations.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, visit www.naccho.org.