June 24, 2016
Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 26 - July 2
The week of June 26 - July 2, 2016 has been designated the 19th annual "National Mosquito Control Awareness Week" by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), an organization dedicated to preserving the public's health and well-being through safe, environmentally-sound mosquito control programs since 1935.
The active AMCA members from Oswego County, Donna Wilcox of The MSGW (Maggie Sue Glenister Wilcox) Foundation, Inc. presented "Maggie's Story: A Survivor's Perspective" at the association's annual Washington DC conference in February. The president of the association commented in the newsletter that the presentation "was passionately delivered" and that " no one who heard it will ever forget."
The goal of "Mosquito Week" is to educate the public about the significance of mosquitoes' potential impacts on people's daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.
Wilcox and Jiancheng Huang, Public Health Director of the Oswego County Health Department,want to remind Oswego County residents that they can help achieve long-term suppression of mosquitoes and prevent mosquito outbreaks by removing sources of standing water around the home.
"Summer is the time to enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends," said Wilcox. "Summer is also the time for pesky, irritating mosquitoes as well. One mosquito bite may only leave an itchy, red and annoying mark, but it may also cause serious diseases or even death. Since mosquitoes need water to live, removing water sources around your home will go a very long way in preventing mosquitoes from multiplying."
How do you manage water sources in and around your home?
"In addition to effective water management, it is essential to be proactive in personal protection from mosquito bites," said Huang."Individual personal prevention measures are the most effective way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases."
The following precautions should be taken:
"We want to take this opportunity to thank state and local mosquito control workers for their expertise and hard work," said Wilcox and Huang. "With the community's collective efforts in mosquito control and personal prevention measures, we look forward to another successful season for all of us to enjoy the summer and outdoor activities that we love."
For additional information on preventing mosquito-borne illnesses, visit www.oswegocounty.com/health or www.mosquito.org; call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564; or contact Donna Wilcox at The MSGW Foundation, Inc., email@example.com.
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