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Targeting: Directing Surveillance Efforts to Optimally Deploy Control Resources

Tristan Hallum​

Presented by Tristan Hallum​ at the 92nd Annual Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) Conference in Monterey, CA.

Routine vector surveillance provides a baseline level of mosquito abundance and virus prevalence to determine where control practices are needed. This baseline informs the activation of advanced control measures, but when advanced control is required in more locations than resources are available how is the choice made to treat one area over another? At the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District a method of increased vector surveillance has been developed to direct advanced control resources, referred to as Targeting. This methodology focuses on areas of perceived risk and quantifies mosquito and virus prevalence using a Vector Index. Targeting has provided the District an additional level of surveillance results to promote data driven operations during peak season conditions.

MVCAC 2024 Targeting: Directing Surveillance Efforts.pdf


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