A Community Approach to Mosquito Control
An Effective Practice
In 2003, the Louisville Metro Health Department initiated a new practice, "A Community Approach to Mosquito Control." The new practice is a collaborative effort of eight departments of the newly merged government and numerous community partners, working to eliminate standing water on their property or service/maintenance area, applying larvacides, and educating the public on mosquito control activities. By using this community approach to mosquito control, more people are working towards reducing the mosquito population, therefore, reducing the chance for mosquito borne disease transmission.
Goal / Mission
The goal of this program is to reduce the mosquito population in Metro Louisville and subsequently reduce mosquito-borne disease transmission.
Results / Accomplishments
During 2002, 28 confirmed cases of West Nile virus were diagnosed in Louisville, including two West Nile virus-related deaths. West Nile virus transmission was also identified in numerous equine, bird, and mosquito samples. In 2003 there were no confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Louisville, even though human cases were diagnosed in neighboring communities. West Nile virus-positive equine, bird, and mosquito samples also decreased in 2003 compared to 2002.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Connie Willis, Environmental Health Coordinator
400 East Gray Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Health / Immunizations & Infectious Diseases
Health / Environmental & Occupational Health
- Louisville Metro Health Department
- National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
- Date of publication
- Date of implementation
- Louisville, KY
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