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DOH and DFS to Showcase Mosquito Surveillance and Testing Process

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Availability will be Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 1 pm

DOH Contact: Jasmine Gossett, Public Affairs Specialist, Phone: (202) 853-0082
DFS Contact: LaShon S. Beamon, Director of Communications, Phone: (202) 480-0777

The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) and the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) will demonstrate the District’s mosquito trapping, harvesting and testing process on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

This joint effort is a part of the 2016 Enhanced Mosquito Surveillance and Control Plan (PDF) for trapping and testing adult mosquitoes in all eight wards in the District. Trapping began on April 4, 2016, and will continue through the summer and fall through the first frost; this expands the surveillance period and started two months earlier than in previous years. The program has also increased the testing criteria to include four viruses that can be transmitted by mosquitos: Zika, West Nile, Dengue and Chikungunya.

Who: Dr. Vito DelVento, Animal Services Program, District of Columbia Department of Health
Dr. Horng Kan, Public Health Laboratory, District of Columbia Forensic Sciences
Cleveland Weeden, Public Health Laboratory, District of Columbia Forensic Sciences

What: Demonstration of the Mosquito Trapping, Harvesting and Testing Process

When: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Trapping and Harvesting - 1 pm
Testing - 2 pm

Where: Trapping and Harvesting (1 pm)
Eastern Power Boat Club
1301 Water Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Testing (2 pm)
Consolidated Forensic Laboratory
401 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Press interested in attending the event are encouraged to RSVP to the media contacts above.

**Please be advised that parking is limited at the Consolidated Forensic Lab. Closed toe shoes and a valid government issued photo ID is required for entry.**