Brian Byrd, associate professor of environmental health at Western Carolina University and an adviser to state health officials on the Zika virus, will join other WCU faculty members and students in a public program focusing on best practices for reducing the risk of mosquito-borne illness.
A WCU graduate student, two faculty members and an employee of the state’s agriculture department recently published “The Mosquitoes of the Mid-Atlantic Region: An Identification Guide.”
Staff members of WCU’s Mosquito and Vector-Borne Infectious Disease Facility recently presented at the 82nd annual American Mosquito Control Association meeting in Savannah, Georgia.
During the first week of February, the World Health Organization declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a public health emergency, and three days later the first instance of it being transmitted sexually during the current outbreak was confirmed in Texas.
A multidisciplinary science team from Western Carolina University recently published a manuscript in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association detailing the recognition of a mosquito species (Aedes pertinax) found for the first time in the United States.The work was conducted by WCU faculty and staff members from the Environmental Health Program, Brian Byrd and Bruce Harrison, and forensic research scientists from the Department of Chemistry and Physics, Brittania Bintz and Mark Wilson. The team collaborated with the Indian River Mosquito Control District in Vero Beach, Florida, to complete its study.
A PDF copy of the research can be found at http://www.mosquitocatalog.org/files/pdfs/WR496.pdf.
Environmental health faculty members Brian Byrd, assistant professor, and Phillip Kneller, associate professor, co-authored “Integration of Mosquito Ecology Laboratory Exercises into Biological and Environmental Health Courses,” which was recently presented at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching by their colleague Gideon Wasserberg from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Read a Q&A with Brian Byrd, assistant professor of environmental health at Western Carolina University, whose study of mosquitoes recently was featured in Western Carolina’s magazine.