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5 September 2014

Major mosquito control conference comes to Western Australia

The Mosquito Control Association of Australia (MCAA) will hold its 11th biennial conference in Mandurah from 7 to 10 September 2014. This is the first time the conference has been held in WA.

President of the MCAA, Dave Allaway, said the conference will give delegates the opportunity to share experiences and obtain the best possible information on the management of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases from Australia and around the world.

The theme of the conference is 'bringing good science to strategic programs'.

The conference will also feature four internationally renowned guest speakers:

  • Professor Scott Ritchie from James Cook University
  • Associate Professor Dina Fonseca from Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • Mr Joe Conlon, Technical Advisor from the American Mosquito Control Association
  • Mr James McNelly, Volusia County Mosquito Control, Florida.

The conference will also cover:

  • Mosquito risk and management in Western Australia
  • A national round-up of mosquito-borne disease surveillance
  • Strategies to balance mosquito control, environmental management and urban development
  • New technologies for mosquito-borne disease surveillance
  • Ecology of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease
  • Communication and personal protection strategies
  • Exotic disease vector mosquito species
  • Updates on the Eliminate Dengue program

Department of Health Medical Entomologist, Dr Peter Neville, said 130 delegates were expected to attend the conference.

"This is an exciting opportunity for mosquito managers in Western Australia to showcase their management programs and gain insights into new and innovative methods for the control of mosquitoes and the diseases they carry," Dr Neville said.

The conference will bring together research entomologists, field biologists and mosquito control specialists in a unique networking environment designed to promote collaboration and partnerships to improve preparedness, prevention and control of mosquito-borne diseases of medical importance.

"It's significant that the conference will be held in Mandurah given the important role the City of Mandurah plays in managing mosquitoes in the large areas of tidal saltmarsh habitat associated with the Peel and Harvey Estuaries," Dr Neville said.

City of Mandurah Mayor, Marina Vergone said the city is excited to host mosquito management professionals from around Australia and the world.

"It's a great opportunity to network and share ideas about the best ways to prevent mosquito-borne disease and minimise mosquito numbers," Mayor Vergone said.

The full conference program is available at www.mcaa.org.au

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