The newly formed Caribbean Emergency Vector Control Network has issued an urgent appeal for vector control-related support for the countries, territories and communities most impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This unprecedented series of storms has left a wake of devastation throughout the region unseen in modern history. While many countries, territories and communities are still in life saving or life sustaining stages of recovery today, there is a growing urgency to prepare for and respond to the
Team – Our friends at NACCHO released an important announcement this week regarding vector control capacity in the U.S., including a range of helpful findings and conclusions. Press Release: A newly released study of local jurisdictions developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), revealed local jurisdictions have room to improve their mosquito-control efforts, and continued federal funding to
Maria has passed, and there are reports of loss of lives. Dominica has been hit very hard and all communications are down. Roof damage is as high as 90%. In the BVI, our team is applying BTI to standing water, but are running low on supplies. Repellent and additional control supplies are en route. Courtesy of BugOut BVI, Community Vector Control Operations. British Virigin Islands.
Vector Control inspectors are going from house to house, checking for mosquito breeding sites and urging the community to assist by clearing up their yards and gutters. Courtesy of Randall Johnson, Head of Agriculture, Hygiene & Vector Control, The Island of Saba.
Thank you to everyone who has been sharing our efforts and actively participating in supporting our friends in the Caribbean. It’s both humbling and exciting to see the response we’ve received thus far. Now we are tasked with organizing our excitement and helping drill down on the specific tasks required to provide relief. Working groups are being formed in the coming weeks to integrate with the various agencies and organizations deployed locally. Additional information will