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Stakeholders Establish Association to Address Mosquito Control

Monday, February 06, 2012 | 08:16am
NASHVILLE – Mosquitoes and other pests are an issue many counties and cities have worked to find better ways to combat year after year. In response, stakeholders have established the Tennessee Mosquito and Vector Control Association (TMVCA) to increase collaboration across the state.
 
“Our hope is that the association will be better able to find synergies among multiple agencies and disciplines to address the complexities of controlling vector-borne diseases in our state,” said TMVCA President Abelardo C. Moncayo. “TMVCA will be dedicated to providing leadership, information and education leading to the enhancement of public health and quality of life through the suppression of vectors that transmit disease pathogens.”
 
The association’s primary goals include:
·       Promoting integrated pest management through scientifically based methods taking into consideration ecological, environmental and economic impact on humans, pets and wildlife.
·       Promoting research in Tennessee by facilitating professional collaboration between abatement districts, public health departments, academia, commercial applicators and the public.
·       Ensure members are aware of the latest studies and surveillance and control methods.
 
TMVCA’s first meeting is scheduled for March 1 at the Ellington Agricultural Center.
 
The steering committee includes members from the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee One Health Committee, Nashville-Davidson Metro Health Department, Shelby County Health Department, Knox County Health Department, Belmont University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee.
 
For more information or to become a member, visit www.tennmosquito.com.
 
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Contact: Abelardo Moncayo, 615-262-6456

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