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Accession Number 5004756

Title Technical Assistance - National Park Service - mosquitoes/West Nile Virus

Project Description Technical advice is provided to national parks on surveillance and management of mosquitoes and

West Nile Virus. This includes writing mosquito/WNV surveillance and management protocols for

selected parks, including Fire Island National Seashore and Gateway National Recreation Area in

New York, the National Capital Region parks in the Washington D.C. area, and revieweing and

updationg the protocols at other parks (including Delaware Water Gap NRA and Assateague

Island NS). These plans are coordinated with local health departments and mosquito management

agencies, and with the CDC where appropriate. Surveillance data are reviewed during the

mosquito season and technical advice is given on appropriate responses to various surveillance

results. Consultation is at the park, regional and national levels. A survey of mosquitoes, mosquito

habitats, and arboviruses (Determine the distribution of mosquito species associated with West

Nile Encephalitis and survey potential breeding habitat in NPS units in the Northeast and National

Capital Regions) is currently underway as a cooperative effort with the University of Rhode Island

(R. LeBrun, P.I.), University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (J. Singleton), National Park Service and

U.S. Geological Survey. A total of 16 National Park sites from Maine (Acadia NP) to Virginia

(Richmond NBP) are being sampled.

Keywords management, mosquitoes, surveillance, west nile virus,

Principal Howard S Ginsberg, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: howard_s_ginsberg@usgs.gov;

Investigators Roger A LeBrun, University of Rhode Island: lebrun@uri.edu; Jeurel Singleton, University of

Maryland, Eastern Shore: ;

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