Dr. Kelly and Dr. Nguyen’s insecticide resistance study is a collaboration with Richmond County and the McAllister Team from the CDC (CDC Bottle Bioassay). Through CDC Hurricane Crisis funding, GDPH was able to support an insectary in Richmond County to allow mosquito eggs collected throughout the state to be reared in a controlled environment under the same conditions. Once mature, the mosquitoes are then tested for resistance using bottle bioassays. Monitoring insecticide resistance is vital to knowing which pesticides will be useful for mosquito control as well as understanding potential causes of resistance like proximity to agricultural lands.
Georgia Southern University professor Dr. Chris Rustin along with graduate students, student workers, and Angie Penden MPH, recently compiled a list of mosquito control programs in Georgia. From this survey Dr. Nguyen has been able to contact groups to introduce themselves and offer to speak to them about mosquitoes in Georgia, proper sampling methods, pesticide types, efficacy of pesticides, insecticide resistance program, and answer any questions they may have.
They are passionate about outreach to educate and build awareness on vector-borne diseases and control methods. Dr. Kelly and Dr. Nguyen both are a part of the Georgia Mosquito Control Association Board, and have participated in trainings that provide CEUs for public works and commercial applicators. Dr. Nguyen has attended several meetings to talk about their insecticide resistance monitoring to inform county boards, mayors, and others on recommendations on what to use for mosquito control and best methods to prevent resistance.
Although the majority of their work focuses on mosquito control they have aided in tick studies including a collaboration with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to help collect ticks on animals from veterinarians. This form of passive data collection can be informative to which ticks may be found in different locations or even commonly biting companion animal ticks.
Check out these publications by Dr. Kelly and Dr. Nguyen:
Georgia’s Rapid Expansion of Mosquito Surveillance in Response to Zika Virus
Georgia’s Collaborative Approach to Expanding Mosquito Surveillance in Response to Zika Virus: Year Two
A Multiagency Approach to Reducing West Nile Virus Risk in Richmond County, Georgia, in 2015 (pp 9-13)
WingBeats, Spring 2008. The Coming Storm (pp 10-13)
Discovery of Culex coronator in Georgia
Wing Beats, Winter 2015 (Georgia Issue)
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