April 2018 Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services Branch
April 2018 Journal of Environmental Health (Volume 80, Number 8)
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A Web-Based Review of Environmental Health Vector Control Services in the United States
Andrew Ruiz, MSPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Christine Vanover, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Alexis Parale, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Justin Gerding, DHA, REHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
By October 25, 2017, the U.S. and its territories documented 42,629 cases of Zika virus disease. Zika renewed the need and importance for mosquito control in local jurisdictions. While vector (i.e., mosquito, tick, and rodent) control is widely viewed as an environmental health responsibility, little is known about the services performed by environmental health vector control (EHVC) programs. To learn more, a list of mosquito control programs across the U.S. was identified and a structured web-based review process was used to identify the types of services EHVC programs offer. The findings of this review can be used to provide recommendations about how environmental health programs and professionals can strengthen their role in vector control with environmental health practices.