Vector Control and Zoonotic Diseases

Tuesday, June 8
Lecture HallLecture Hall
1:00 – 1:50pm
Dealing With Bed Bugs in an Urban Environment: A City Health Department Perspective

The proliferation of bed bugs in an urban setting with older housing stock and an itinerant population presents special challenges to a city health department.  This presentation will highlight the difficulties of working to help tenants and property owners battle a persistent, pervasive pest, as they look to us for answers.
Thomas C. Hooper, RS, Registered Sanitarian, Cincinnati Health Dept., Cincinnati, OH
Robert Smith, RS, Registered Sanitarian, Cincinnati Health Dept., Cincinnati, OH
Mohammad Alam, PhD, MSc, MS, RS, REHS, Environmental Health Director, Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati, OH

2:00 – 2:50pm
Diptera: Controls of Our Most Ubiquitous Disease Vectors

These flying insects are the most numerous vectors of disease on the planet.  They account for more sickness and death than any other order.  This session will discuss proven methods in control and prevention.  The presentation will be divided into three sections: filth, fungus, and biting (including mosquitoes).  While sanitation is the best way to deal with these pests, the real world doesn’t always work that way.  Attendees will learn about innovative ways to use chemical and non-chemical means to mitigate populations of diptera species indoors and out.  Brand names and chemical formulations will be presented so that attendees can obtain the latest products for effective control. 
Lawrence J. Plecha, ACE, Sales & Marketing Director (CSI) and President (Biotec), Carter Services Inc. & Biotec Pest of New Mexico Inc., Albuquerque, NM

3:00 – 3:50pm
The Global Bedbug Crisis: An Emerging Environmental Justice Issue

Federal, state, and local public health jurisdictions have not evenly accepted responsibility for the control of bedbugs, resulting in health disparity considerations for populations that may be under-served, disadvantaged, and ignorant of the complexities associated with bedbug biology, prevention, and extermination.  The speaker finds that the public, elected officials, and public health experts agree already that bedbugs are an inescapable global public health mandate with environmental justice undertones and offers an emphatic call to service. At this session, attendees will explore the difference between biological and mechanical disease transmission as it pertains to insects (with particular relevance to bedbugs), why "conventional" pesticide application is ineffective, emerging technology trends and how local public health perspectives, national and regional policies and procedures are addressing the global bed bug problem.     
Christopher R. Eddy, MPH, REHS, RS, Assistant MPH Program Director, Wright State University, Kettering, OH 

Wednesday, June 9
Learning LabLearning Laboratory
8:30 – 11:20am
Mosquitoes and Bed Bugs: Challenges and Opportunities in Integrated Pest Management

This interactive session will introduce attendees to potential new vectors and emerging disease issues associated with mosquitoes including West Nile Virus. There will also be a review of the continuing concerns with the common bed bug as a public health pest including integrated approaches for the management of this insect. From this session, attendees will be able to identify important aspects of key vector mosquito species and the common bed bug; expand their knowledge of diseases associated with mosquitoes and bed bugs; and understand the components of Integrated Pest Management programs for mosquitoes and bed bugs.
Patrick T. Copps, MS (Entomology), BCE, Technical Manager, Orkin Inc., Costa Mesa, CA
Lawrence J. Plecha, ACE, Sales & Marketing Director (CSI) and President (Biotec), Carter Services Inc. & Biotec Pest of New Mexico Inc., Albuquerque, NM
Zia Siddiqi, PhD, BCE, Director of Quality Systems, Orkin Inc., Atlanta, GA and Section Chair of Vector Control and Zoonotic Diseases Section, NEHA
Timothy McGonegal, MS, Environmental Health Biologist, Vector Borne Illness Prevention Program, Environmental Health Division, Alexandria Health Department, Alexandria, VA and Vice Section Chair of Vector Control and Zoonotic Diseases Section, National Environmental Health Association, Denver, CO



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