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Medical Entomology at DHEC

DHEC's medical entomologist supervises and manages DHEC's Emerging Diseases Surveillance Program, which includes surveillance for West Nile virus and other vector-borne diseases of public health importance in South Carolina.

Our entomologist collects and tests mosquitoes and tests birds for West Nile virus and other vector-borne diseases; conducts lab and field studies to identify and/or monitor other emerging infectious diseases; acts a consultant for healthcare professionals who have questions about arboviruses or health issues related to arthropods; participates in special studies and investigations; and raises public and professional awareness of arthropod-borne diseases.

Our entomologist provides expert consultation to physicians, veterinarians, nurse practitioners, sanitarians, lab workers, epidemiologists, and other health care and public health professionals regarding the relative public health importance of a variety of insect and arachnid species.

He also speaks at various professional meetings, universities, and schools about the arbovirus surveillance program to increase awareness of arthropod-borne diseases.

Monthly Mosquito Monitoring

Each month, DHEC's entomologist collects mosquito specimens from strategically placed monitoring stations around the state. Several partner organizations help us maintain the monitoring stations and submit weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly samples.

The entomologist coordinates all of the collection and testing activity and identifies and pools all mosquitoes collected. He also ensures that adequate and on-going logistical support exist for field and laboratory activities.

Our medical entomologist also coordinates all other arbovirus (arthropod-borne virus) surveillance activities.

He analyzes the test results from mosquito and bird specimens, and and integrates DHEC's human and horse arbovirus surveillance data to identify disease clusters around the state by using Geographic Information System (GIS) software.

For more information please contact your local Mosquito Control Program.