Vectors and Pest Control

Zika Resources


Zika Outbreak: WHO's Global Emergency Response Plan

Mosquito control: can it stop Zika at source?

Zika Overview

PAHO Statement on Zika Transmission and Prevention

Zika FAQ

Q&A Zika and Pregnancy



CDC Resources:

Resources for Vector Control Professionals

       Advising Pregnant Women About Zika: Latest Guidance From CDC

Fact sheets for the public 


Additional Zika Resources:

Zika Prevention & Community Education guide to provide information to people living in the affected areas from Hesperian Health Guides. It is available Spanish, French and Portuguese.


Where Are the Ticks? Solving the Mystery of a Tickborne Relapsing Fever Outbreak at a Youth Camp


During the summer of 2014 an outbreak of tickborne relapsing fever (TBRF) occurred in a group of high school students and staff at a youth camp, which was reported to Coconino County Public Health Services District. Six confirmed and five probable cases of TBRF occurred. During the environmental investigation two rodents tested positive for TBRF, but the vector, soft ticks, could not be found in their “normal” habitat. Ticks were finally located in areas not typical for soft ticks.

Embracing the Future, CIPHI Conference

CIPHI Ontario’s Annual Educational Conference attracts public health professionals, industry leaders and inspectors from Western New York, Canada and beyond.

It takes place October 3 – 5, 2016 at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Our three-day event features world class keynote speakers, informative sessions on leading public health initiatives, industry exhibitors and many exciting networking opportunities.

For more information visit our website

Preventing Zika in the US Webinar


Preventing Zika in the U.S.: What Environmental Health and Pest Management Professionals Need to Know

When:  Thursday, March 3, 2016

Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)

Summary: Environmental health and pest management professionals, need to be prepared for outbreaks of the Zika virus. This webinar will provide crucial information to developing prevention and awareness activities.

Topics covered include:

Borrelia mayonii

New species of Lyme Disease-causing bacteria discovered

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, reports the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease in people. Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America. This bacterium is carried by ticks and can infect humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged (or “deer”) tick. B. mayonii has been identified in blacklegged ticks collected in at least two counties in northwestern Wisconsin, but evidence to date suggests that the distribution of B. mayonii is limited to the upper midwestern United States.

EH professionals play a significant role in the reduction of tick-borne disease as they are often contacted by the public and healthcare providers to investigate complaints.

Some questions you may have:

Do we report this as Lyme disease?

Cases of Borrelia mayonii should be reported as Lyme disease using per your usual procedure.

Who should we contact if we get a case?

If you are a county or local health department, please contact your state health department. If you are with a state health department, please feel free to contact Alison Hinckley at CDC.


Main messages for health care providers:

  1. Health care providers in Upper Midwest should be aware of a newly discovered species of Borrelia, provisionally named Borrelia mayonii.
  2. Based on six described cases, symptoms are similar to that of Lyme disease, but may also include nausea and vomiting (four patients), neurologic involvement (three patients), high levels of spirochetemia, and a variety of rash types—including macular rashes and erythema migrans rashes.
  3. If you suspect that your patient might have Borrelia mayonii, consider both a PCR/blood smear and Lyme disease serology for suspect cases (even though PCR is not routinely recommended for Borrelia burgdorferi infection). LD serology may be positive for patients with B. mayonii.
  4. Treat the infection with antibiotics as you would for Lyme disease.
  5. Report cases to local/state public health department so they can follow-up with providers and patients and learn more about the clinical course of illness.
  6. Also consider anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, or babesiosis as causes of tickborne illness.

Additional Resources


Environmental Health Programs and Zika

New! CDC Resources

Zika is in Your Area: What to Do: General Zika information and prevention resources for communities

With 15 confirmed cases of local mosquito transmission of the Zika virus, CDC has issued this travel advisory.

  • At the same time local mosquito infections are being reported in a neighborhood of Miami, FL (see CDC travel advisory) the CDC will be releasing the Zika Topic of the Week, "a coordinated communication approach to highlight a simple prevention message each week. The prevention message will be featured on the homepage, throughout the Zika website, and through social media."  This week's topic is Mosquito Control: You Have Options - learn what steps your family needs to take to prevent Zika at home.  The CDC has also developed a series of Zika-related communications toolkits in multiple languages.

CDC Confirms Local, Non-Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

New Zika case in Utah associated with individual who died earlier this month

  • The infected individual:
    • had not travelled to an area where Zika is prevelant.
    • had not had sexual contact with infected person
    • was a relative of and caregiver to decedent
  • CDC is currently conducting interviews, lab testing, trapping mosquitos and assessing spread
  • Reminder that there is still no local spread by mosquitos
  • All US Cases have been sexual except for 1 – which was from a laboratory exposure
  • Zika virus can be found in saliva, blood, tears, sexual fluids, among other locations (e.g. fluid inside eyeball)
  • Many avenues are under investigation for how disease spread but very unlikely that it was aerosolized transmission.
  • Unique event as it is one in 1600+ case of Zika in the US.


State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Health Department Resources

NEW: The CDC has made funds available to jurisdictions that have exhausted their available resources: CDC Emergency Vector Control Request Form 

Past Zika Webinars:

EEK! Vectors and PH Pests Zika Presentations

Download presentations and transcripts.

Making it Stick: Risk Communication in times of Zika

Featured presenter: John Godec, Godec, Randall & Associates, Inc.

The recorded webinar will be available for viewing shortly.

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

Local Health Departments: Preparing for and Preventing Zika

Featured presenters:

Jennifer T. Jackson, M.P.H., Epidemiologist, Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Florida

David Overfield, Environmental Administrator, Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Florida

Shaun C. May, M.P.H., R.E.H.S. Environmental Health Director, City of Amarillo, Texas


Questions for Presenters from this webinar.

View or Download Presentation

Preventing Zika in the U.S.: What Environmental Health and Pest Management Professionals Need to Know 

Featured presenter: Sarah R. Michaels, MSPH, Supervisor of Mosquito Control, City of New Orleans Mosquito Control Board, New Orleans, LA

View or download presentation


Environmental Health Programs and Zika

Environmental health (EH) professionals play a significant role in the reduction of mosquito-borne disease. Even jurisdictions with specialized mosquito control boards play a significant role in the elimination of mosquito breeding grounds.  EH professionals are regularly in public and private spaces for inspections and complaint investigations. These visits provide an opportunity to intervene if they see issues like standing water, or containers or debris that could house standing water and create a habitat for mosquito larvae. EH professionals can create awareness around how we play a part in mosquito control which will decrease the chances of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika.

What you need to know about Zika:

The Zika virus is an illness whose main route of transmission is mosquito bites. Unlike other mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, zika does not pose a significant threat to the person who is infected. Symptoms are generally mild and may include a slight fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Persons at most risks are women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.  The virus has been linked to the development of microcephaly in the child. Precautions and travel restrictions are being instituted by global health organizations to help minimize the number of microcephaly cases that result from this virus. At this point, there are no domestically acquired cases of the Zika virus.

The Aedes mosquito spreads the Zika virus. This is the same mosquito that transmits Dengue Fever and Chikungunya, with which many health departments in infected areas are familiar. These mosquitos tend to like containers with standing water and don't travel great distances from their base. Aedes mosquitos are also fairly aggressive daytime biters, so citizens should wear long sleeves and pants; use repellant containing DEET and stay inside as much as possible during the day. The current range for the Aedes in the US is primarily in southern states, but has recently been identified in California.

What NEHA is Doing:

NEHA is participating in weekly discussion with CDC around identifying what environmental health professionals need to prepare for and prevent the spread of the Zika virus. If you would like more information on these meetings, please email:

NEHA is committed to providing timely and useful information to environmental health professionals. Please check the announcements above or follow us on Facebook  and Twitter for updates on this and other initiatives.

In order to support EH programmatic efforts, NEHA will be supplying up-to-date information from CDC, PAHO, WHO, and other legitimate sources on this rapidly changing situation.  CDC has made Zika a nationally notifiable disease and has also supported the travel restrictions for pregnant or possibly pregnant women.


Additional Zika Resources 



Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

Recording Presentations

When will presentations be recorded?

Presentations will be recorded in March. 

What do presenters need in order for their presentatations to be recorded?

Presenters will need to have a high-speed internet connection, microphone, and webcam (if providing video as part of presentation). 

Will recording of the presentation require travel by the presenter?

Recording will be done remotely and will not require travel by the presenter. 

Interactivity at the Conference

Will attendees be able to ask questions of authors/presenters and interact with each other?

The virtual conference environment will have several ways for attendees to communicate with authors/presenters and each other using an online chat feature similar to AOL Instant Messenger. 

Accessing the Conference Site

What time will the virtual conference environment open and close?

The virtual environment will open at 8:00am MST and close at 4:00pm MST on April 13 and 14.

Can I visit the conference site from my mobile device or tablet?

You can visit the conference site using a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet. However, a laptop or desktop will provide the best conference viewing experience.

For the best experience while using the virtual conference site, please set your browser's view zoom at 100% and set your monitor’s screen resolution to at least 1024x768. Monitors set to 800x600 (or less) may not display all available content.

If you are using Internet Exporer 9+, you may need to use 'Compatibility View', depending on your version and configuration.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's)

How many CEU's are available for the conference?

All sessions at the conference combined = 19.0 CEUs 

Individual session = 1.0 CEU.

Unfortunately, due to the technical limitations of the virtual platform, the conference is unable to meet the CEU requirements for the California REHS credential.




Pesticide Exposure in the Caribbean: A Case From Nutmeg Processing

Many developed countries around the world have implemented regulations to phase out or greatly restrict the use of pesticides. Pesticides are still utilized with minimal restrictions, however, in fumigating agricultural commodities in developing countries such as Grenada. This special report presents the case of a nutmeg factory worker in Grenada who worked with various pesticides including methyl bromide, magnesium phosphide (magtoxin), and aluminum phosphide (phostoxin) without the proper awareness and utilization of health and safety measures.

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