For Immediate Release
February 16, 2012

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

KDHE Announces the 2012 "Fight the Bite" Poster Contest

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is now accepting applications for the 2012 “Fight the Bite” Poster Contest, which is open to all fifth and sixth graders in the United States. The deadline to submit entries is April 18. 

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 avoidance behavior, proper clothing or repellent while outdoors. Winning posters may be used in educational materials nationwide to help motivate others to “Fight the Bite.”

Two winning posters will be chosen in each state (one from each grade) and each winning state artist will receive $50 and a certificate. Two national winners (one from each grade) will each win $1,000 and a plaque. The 2011 Kansas fifth grade winner was Laura Taylor from Meriden and the sixth grade winner was Emily Conyac from Stockton. In 2009, Kansas was home to the sixth grade Grand Prize winner.

“We look forward to seeing the fine work from our fifth and sixth graders this year. This contest is an opportunity for children to learn more about the risks associated with mosquitoes, ticks and fleas and about ways to protect themselves from these insects,” stated Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer.

People can reduce the 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 and past winning entries, visit www.fightthebitecontest.org.