For Immediate Release
February 23, 2010

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

KDHE Announces "Fight the Bite" Poster Contest
Entry Deadline is April 5

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) today announced the deadline of April 5 for the 2010 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 national 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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offices and labs in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

“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. “Kansas was proud to be the home of the sixth grade Grand Prize winner in 2009 and we look forward to this year’s entries.”

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.