National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2016


WHEREAS, mosquito borne diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and Zika virus have historically been a source of human and animal suffering, illness, and death in the United States and worldwide; and

WHEREAS, an excessive number of mosquitoes diminishes our enjoyment of the outdoors, public parks and playgrounds; hinders outdoor work; decreases livestock productivity; impairs health; and reduces property values; and

WHEREAS, the American Mosquito Control Association was established on June 26, 1935, to provide a nationally organized network to help mosquito control professionals develop and encourage effective, safe, and environmentally-friendly mosquito control activities; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Mosquito Control Association facilitates communication and education among Virginia’s mosquito control professionals to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mosquito control operations in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Health and the statewide Zika virus taskforce partner with multiple state agencies and government organizations in a public awareness campaign to prevent the spread of West Nile virus, Zika virus, and other mosquito-borne viruses and encourage the elimination of mosquito breeding habitats in residential areas; and

WHEREAS, it is important for individuals and organizations to work with the Virginia Department of Health and local mosquito control organizations to help decrease the effects of mosquito-borne illnesses;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 26-July 2, 2016, as NATIONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.