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 by Dr. 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

A map of collection sites and treatment sites shows where mosquito collections have taken place in Clark County.






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