For Immediate Release
July 25, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Entomologists Monitoring Mosquitoes in Southeast Kansas Following Flooding

A team of entomologists from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is working with local government and responders in southeast Kansas to determine the impact of mosquitoes following the flooding that occurred there earlier this month.

Preliminary results of the assessment indicate a large number of nuisance mosquitoes, which is likely due to containers of water rather than large bodies of standing water. Because of this, t he Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is reminding residents to empty out objects that may retain water from around homes and neighborhoods to help reduce breeding of mosquitoes.

The team is specifically looking for the species of mosquitoes that carry disease, which are different from the nuisance variety currently being observed. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) will identify disease prevalence among the mosquito samples.

Once the assessment is completed, the team will provide a report and assist in guiding any future interventions, if necessary. These could include the application of larvicide and/or adulticide to help control the mosquito population.

KDHE recommends the following precautions to protect against mosquito-spread diseases: