UW-Madison students in Houston to aid post-Harvey mosquito control

By Eric Hamilton | UW Madison

As the floodwaters recede in Houston following Hurricane Harvey, millions of mosquitoes have emerged to blanket southeastern Texas, hampering recovery efforts and raising public health concerns about mosquito-borne diseases.

To assist ongoing mosquito-control efforts, two University of Wisconsin–Madison students, Melissa Farquhar and Erin McGlynn, have flown to Texas to help trap and identify mosquitoes. Part of the new Upper Midwestern Regional Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease housed at UW–Madison, the students will monitor for disease-spreading species of mosquitoes and determine the effectiveness of control efforts. READ FULL STORY