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VIII. Operational Research

The District actively engages in operational research projects that are designed to improve technology and methodology, as well as to get a better understanding of mosquito borne disease epidemiology and mosquito biology. The bottom line is that we actively pursue ways to become more efficient at controlling mosquitoes and reducing the potential risk for an outbreak of mosquito borne disease. Many of these projects are undertaken solely by District personnel. In addition, over the years the District has partnered with several state and federal agencies with operational research projects. Some of these agencies include Texas A & M University, Louisiana State University, Tulane University School of Tropical Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, University of Illinois, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Navy Medical Entomology Section, Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Several District personnel have co-authored papers in scientific journals resulting from these studies.

Help Fight the Bite

In order for effective, community wide mosquito control to be accomplished, a partnership must be established between the Mosquito Abatement District and parish residents. The District assumes its role in providing the most up-to-date and scientifically sound Integrated Mosquito Management approach for controlling mosquitoes. It is important that area residents also do their part to reduce mosquito breeding on their property. In doing so, the risk of contracting a mosquito borne disease such as West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis or eastern equine encephalitis is reduced. The most effective way to control the Asian tiger mosquito, a capable vector for West Nile virus that breeds in containers commonly found in residential yards, is to eliminate the source in which they breed. Residents are urged to survey their property and to dispose of or store open containers so they will not collect water and breed mosquitoes.

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