Vectors and Pest Control

Risk Communication & Zika Webinar

Risk communication can be difficult, especially when the risk is still evolving. Join us for a webinar on exploring the ways risk communication can be used in changing situations and communicating the risks in a way that increases knowledge and minimizes confusion.

Featured presenter will be John Godec, The Participation Company 

When:  Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Time:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)

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Zika Virus Resources


Zika Outbreak: WHO's Global Emergency Response Plan

Mosquito control: can it stop Zika at source?

Zika Overview

PAHO Statement on Zika Transmission and Prevention

Zika FAQ

Q&A Zika and Pregnancy



CDC Resources:

Resources for Vector Control Professionals

       Advising Pregnant Women About Zika: Latest Guidance From CDC

Fact sheets for the public 

Additional Resources

Zika Prevention & Community Education guide to provide information to people living in the affected areas from Hesperian Health Guides. It is available Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Previous Webinars

Making it Stick: Risk Communication in times of Zika

Featured presenter: John Godec, Godec, Randall & Associates, Inc.

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Local Health Departments: Preparing for and Preventing Zika


Featured presenters:

Jennifer T. Jackson, M.P.H., Epidemiologist, Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Florida

David Overfield, Environmental Administrator, Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Florida

Shaun C. May, M.P.H., R.E.H.S. Environmental Health Director, City of Amarillo, Texas

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

Questions for Presenters from this webinar.

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Preventing Zika in the U.S.: What Environmental Health and Pest Management Professionals Need to Know 

Featured presenter: Sarah R. Michaels, MSPH, Supervisor of Mosquito Control, City of New Orleans Mosquito Control Board, New Orleans, LA

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Where Are the Ticks? Solving the Mystery of a Tickborne Relapsing Fever Outbreak at a Youth Camp


During the summer of 2014 an outbreak of tickborne relapsing fever (TBRF) occurred in a group of high school students and staff at a youth camp, which was reported to Coconino County Public Health Services District. Six confirmed and five probable cases of TBRF occurred. During the environmental investigation two rodents tested positive for TBRF, but the vector, soft ticks, could not be found in their “normal” habitat. Ticks were finally located in areas not typical for soft ticks.

Embracing the Future, CIPHI Conference

CIPHI Ontario’s Annual Educational Conference attracts public health professionals, industry leaders and inspectors from Western New York, Canada and beyond.

It takes place October 3 – 5, 2016 at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Our three-day event features world class keynote speakers, informative sessions on leading public health initiatives, industry exhibitors and many exciting networking opportunities.

For more information visit our website

Preventing Zika in the US Webinar


Preventing Zika in the U.S.: What Environmental Health and Pest Management Professionals Need to Know

When:  Thursday, March 3, 2016

Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)

Summary: Environmental health and pest management professionals, need to be prepared for outbreaks of the Zika virus. This webinar will provide crucial information to developing prevention and awareness activities.

Topics covered include:

Lyme Disease

a close up photograph of the Amblyomma maculatum tick standing on a bright green leafLyme disease and other tickborne diseases increasingly pose a threat to public health. Lyme disease is the most common tickborne disease in the United States, with over 30,000 cases reported a year. However, it is estimated that approximately 300,000 people may get Lyme disease each year in the United States. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick or western blacklegged tick. If left untreated, this disease can cause lifelong health problems. This disease is preventable through prevention of tick bites. EH professionals play a significant role in the reduction of tickborne disease as they are often contacted by the public and healthcare providers to investigate complaints. Integrated pest management is the main method used to protect the public from pest and tickborne diseases. State and local health departments monitor vital information about spread of illnesses through surveillance of the incidence and prevalence of Lyme disease. 

Vectors & Pests Webinars

Latest Webinar: Integrated Tick Management Webinar

NEHA and the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease were pleased to host the Integrated Tick Management: Strategies and Barriers to the Prevention of Tick-Borne Disease Webinar. 

VIEW Vector & Pests WebinaRS

Ten Tips and Resources for EH Professionals

  1. Order informational materials related to Lyme Disease to educate your health district here.
  2. Access CDC’s Lyme disease surveillance data including recent and historical records.
  3. Spread helpful tips on tick prevention strategies when outdoors.
  4. Read about the Lyme disease vaccine: past, present, and future.
  5. Check out NEHA's vector map and CDC's tick surveillance guide to gain knowledge on vector species that may impact your area.
  6. Train your community on the proper method of tick removal.
  7. Educate on the testing and diagnostics for Lyme disease.
  8. Spread awareness about the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.
  9. Be prepared with FAQs about Lyme disease.
  10. Learn about CDC's efforts on the front lines of tick repellent.

New species of Lyme Disease-causing bacteria discovered

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, reports the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease in people. Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America. This bacterium is carried by ticks and can infect humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged (or “deer”) tick. B. mayonii has been identified in blacklegged ticks collected in at least two counties in northwestern Wisconsin, but evidence to date suggests that the distribution of B. mayonii is limited to the upper midwestern United States.

EH professionals play a significant role in the reduction of tick-borne disease as they are often contacted by the public and healthcare providers to investigate complaints.

Some questions you may have:

Do we report this as Lyme disease?

Cases of Borrelia mayonii should be reported as Lyme disease using per your usual procedure.

Who should we contact if we get a case?

If you are a county or local health department, please contact your state health department. If you are with a state health department, please feel free to contact Alison Hinckley at CDC.

Main messages for health care providers:

  • Health care providers in Upper Midwest should be aware of a newly discovered species of Borrelia, provisionally named Borrelia mayonii.
  • Based on six described cases, symptoms are similar to that of Lyme disease, but may also include nausea and vomiting (four patients), neurologic involvement (three patients), high levels of spirochetemia, and a variety of rash types—including macular rashes and erythema migrans rashes.
  • If you suspect that your patient might have Borrelia mayonii, consider both a PCR/blood smear and Lyme disease serology for suspect cases (even though PCR is not routinely recommended for Borrelia burgdorferi infection). LD serology may be positive for patients with B. mayonii.
  • Treat the infection with antibiotics as you would for Lyme disease.
  • Report cases to local/state public health department so they can follow-up with providers and patients and learn more about the clinical course of illness.
  • Also consider anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, or babesiosis as causes of tickborne illness.

Additional Resources

Environmental Health Programs and Zika

Environmental Health Programs and Zika

Environmental health (EH) professionals play a significant role in the reduction of mosquito-borne disease. Environmental public health professionals are regularly in public and private spaces for inspections and complaint investigations providing an opportunity to intervene on issues like standing water, or containers or debris that could house standing water and create a habitat for mosquito larvae.

About Zika Virus

The Zika virus is transmitted through a bite from an infected Aedes mosquito. Unlike other mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, zika does not pose a significant threat to the person who is infected.

  • Symptoms are generally mild and may include a slight fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.
  • Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant are at higher risk.  The virus has been linked to the development of microcephaly in the child.
  • Individuals should wear long sleeves and pants; use repellant containing DEET, and stay inside as much as possible during the day to avoid getting bit.


Zika Resources 


Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

Recording Presentations

When will presentations be recorded?

Presentations will be recorded in March. 

What do presenters need in order for their presentatations to be recorded?

Presenters will need to have a high-speed internet connection, microphone, and webcam (if providing video as part of presentation). 

Will recording of the presentation require travel by the presenter?

Recording will be done remotely and will not require travel by the presenter. 

Interactivity at the Conference

Will attendees be able to ask questions of authors/presenters and interact with each other?

The virtual conference environment will have several ways for attendees to communicate with authors/presenters and each other using an online chat feature similar to AOL Instant Messenger. 

Accessing the Conference Site

What time will the virtual conference environment open and close?

The virtual environment will open at 8:00am MST and close at 4:00pm MST on April 13 and 14.

Can I visit the conference site from my mobile device or tablet?

You can visit the conference site using a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet. However, a laptop or desktop will provide the best conference viewing experience.

For the best experience while using the virtual conference site, please set your browser's view zoom at 100% and set your monitor’s screen resolution to at least 1024x768. Monitors set to 800x600 (or less) may not display all available content.

If you are using Internet Exporer 9+, you may need to use 'Compatibility View', depending on your version and configuration.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's)

How many CEU's are available for the conference?

All sessions at the conference combined = 19.0 CEUs 

Individual session = 1.0 CEU.

Unfortunately, due to the technical limitations of the virtual platform, the conference is unable to meet the CEU requirements for the California REHS credential.