County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
September 9, 2021

County Mosquito Control Division serves as base of operations for CDC assessment
Mosquito Control will host CDC for two-week study

TINTON FALLS, NJ – The Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division will serve as the southern base of operations for the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) mosquito surveillance assessment project which will gather research about Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a rare but severe mosquito-borne disease from Tuesday, Sept.7 to Friday, Sept. 17.

“We are excited that our Mosquito Control facility will serve as a base of operations for this two-week study led by the CDC,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “This study will assess mosquito surveillance methods for detecting Eastern Equine Encephalitis in mosquitoes throughout New Jersey, and we are honored to serve as their host.”

“The CDC, New Jersey Department of Health, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will be orchestrating field operations for the southern part of the State and will use our facility to identify, sort and prepare mosquitoes for virus testing,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, liaison to the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division. “The goals of this study include evaluating current monitoring locations, comparing the efficiency of various mosquito traps and identifying new sites to monitor in the northern part of the state.”

“The EEE virus can cause death or ongoing neurological problems so it is incredibly important to improve early detection of the virus to direct mosquito control resources,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Kiley. “Historically, September is the peak season for infected mosquitoes to possibly transmit disease-causing viruses like EEE and West Nile. Protect yourself and your loved ones by using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants and, where possible, stop mosquitoes by dumping water from household containers like buckets, tires and tarps.”

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