West Nile Virus Mosquito Surveillance Program
Indiana University Southeast
Starting in 2002 Indiana University Southeast had
conducted a mosquito surveillance program in cooperation with the Clark
County Health Department and the Floyd County Health Department.
In 2003 the program was expanded to include the Harrison County Health
Department. The monitoring program was part of a nationwide
surveillance effort. This program has since been discontinued, but
these collaborations have made a substantial improvement in our mosquito
control program. We thank the University, professors, staff, and
participating students for their time and service.
About the Program
The Mosquito Surveillance Program at Indiana University Southeast was led
Claude D. Baker, PhD, Professor of Biology. The program
engaged students from various fields of study in the trapping,
collection, identification and testing of mosquitoes. Through the
years hundreds of students have participated. During the length of
the program tens of thousands of mosquitoes
representing more than 30 species from the Clark, Floyd and Harrison
County area were identified.
The focus of the study was to map the potential health hazards created by mosquito vectors
in the counties, particularly West Nile Virus, Saint Louis Encephalitis,
and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Mosquitoes were collected,
identified, and sent to the State Department of Health for analysis, or
were tested by Indiana University Southeast certified
technicians. These technicians used the
VecTest, a rapid detection dipstick that tests for the presence of West
Nile and St. Louis Encephalitis viruses. The
VecTest provided results in just 15 minutes.
With these quick results, areas that test positive for WNV or SLE
were treated immediately to stop the spread of the diseases.
Publications and Presentations
There are a number of publications, reports and files that are available
to download regarding the Mosquito Surveillance Program Cooperative.
Clark County Mosquito Collections
of collection sites and treatment sites shows where mosquito collections
have taken place in Clark County.