Georgia Department of Human Resources: Division of Public Health (DPH)

The DPH’s Zoonotic Disease Team works with mosquito control agencies to reduce the impact of some vector-borne diseases through proper mosquito control measures. Mosquito surveillance is performed in July-October for arboviral disease testing purposes. Because mosquitoes are identified by species, the DPH is able to document the presence of invasive mosquito species in the state. Educational efforts are focused at reducing the breeding sites of Aedes albopictus, an aggressive invasive mosquito species that is a very aggressive biter and has been implicated in arboviral disease transmission. The DPH also keeps a database of mosquito species that have been tested for arboviral diseases through its West Nile Virus surveillance program.