News advisory: 'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

News Advisory
May 4, 2010
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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

Public, media invited to learn about risks, best prevention methods

As Memorial Day approaches and more Minnesotans head outdoors, this event will highlight the importance of simple steps to help prevent tick and mosquito diseases.

  • Information on risks, how to recognize symptoms, how people can protect themselves.
  • Photo/video opportunities with participants including demonstration of proper repellent use.
  • An update on metro-area mosquito control efforts.
  • Field demonstrations of tick habitat and mosquito monitoring and control techniques.

Minnesota Department of Health, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, DEET Education Program

Where: Bunker Hills Regional Park Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW., Andover, MN 55304

When: Thursday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Minnesotans who spend time outdoors from late spring through early fall face substantial health risks from diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes. Over 1,000 cases of Lyme disease, West Nile virus disease, and other diseases transmitted by ticks or mosquitoes are reported in the state each year. This event will include practical steps residents can take to protect themselves plus hands-on instruction about proper insect repellent selection and application. Speakers will include:

  • David Neitzel, tick and mosquito disease specialist, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Jim Stark, Executive Director, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
  • Ken Speake, former television reporter and West Nile Virus survivor
  • Susan Little, Executive Director, DEET Education Program, Washington, D.C.

A portion of 2,000 donated containers of insect repellent products will be given out at the event and officials will announce plans for distribution of the remaining samples.

EDITORS: Please consider including this event in your daily or weekly events calendar sections or local news briefs, along with attending the event for a news or feature story. Thank you.


For more information, contact:

Doug Schultz
MDH Communications

Ed Tate
DEET Education Program