For Immediate Release
March 19, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Announces "Fight the Bite" Poster Contest

Entry Deadline is April 3

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) today announced the deadline of April 3 for the 2009 Fight the Bite Poster Contest, which is open to all fifth and sixth graders in the U.S. The contest encourages students to use art to show the ways they can protect themselves and their families from the diseases spread by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas by using repellent while outdoors.

Two winners from each state – one fifth grader and one sixth grader – will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and award certificate. The Grand Prize winners – one from each grade – will receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque and an all-expenses-paid trip to Atlanta with their parents for the awards presentation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters.

“This contest helps children learn about protecting themselves and their families from insect bites while creating their posters,” stated Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, State Health Officer and Director of the KDHE Division of Health. “Public health professionals will be encouraged to use the winning posters to educate people on ways to reduce their risk of mosquito and tick-borne diseases.”

People can reduce their risk of mosquito and tick-borne diseases by taking the following precautions:

The contest is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the DEET Education Program.  For contest rules, visit www.fightthebitecontest.org.  The DEET Education Program (www.deetonline.org), which operates under the auspices of the Consumer Specialty Products Association, is sponsored by Clariant Corp., McLaughlin Gormley King Co., S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., 3M Company and Vertellus Health and Specialties Inc.