State plans West Nile conference

State plans West Nile conference Mosquito season might be months away but the state is urging cities and counties to start preparing now. The state is offering a March 15 conference in Pierre to provide local governments with the information they need to develop mosquito control programs. The South Dakota West Nile Preparedness and Mosquito Control Conference is being sponsored by the Department of Health and the SDSU Cooperative Extension.

Conference topics will include the public health, medical and veterinary aspects of the 2003 West Nile Virus epidemic in South Dakota and North America, along with mosquito control planning strategies and other West Nile responses for 2004. Speakers will include experts on public health, medical, mosquito and veterinary topics. A mosquito expert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will discuss the national West Nile outlook and offer specific recommendations for Great Plains states like South Dakota.

For more information about the conference or the grants, call the Office of Public Health Preparedness at 1-800-738-2301.

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