NAME Mosquito Abatement in Louisiana Post Katrina and Rita
COURSE STARTS Open Enrollment
COURSE ENDS 7 weeks to complete from date of registration
LEVEL OF TRAINING Aware
CONTACT HOURS 2
COURSE DESCRIPTION Hurricane Katrina resulted in the destruction of large areas of Louisiana. Three weeks later, Hurricane Rita pushed a second record storm surge over the western coast of Louisiana, destroying huge areas of additional parishes. Vector control became an issue of utmost importance. Many of the professionals who normally handled these duties had evacuated and were as far away as California. This course will address the mosquito/vector control response capacity pre-Katrina and Rita and compare it to mosquito/vector control response post-hurricane. Other topics to be covered include vector-related public health concerns such as arboviruses, as well as various mosquitoes, filth flies, bottle and blow flies, and rats. The course also will address the vector-related problems that continue to confront professionals, as storm-related changes in the ecology of vast areas of the state present ongoing challenges to mosquito abatement. NOTE: This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.

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