Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/30/2010
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Technical Abstract: The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is dedicated to the study and control of mosquitoes, vectors, and arthropods and promotes cooperation and interaction among professionals and students in this field in the U.S. and internationally. To promote greater participation among international members, a Spanish language symposium was held at the 1991 Annual Meeting of the AMCA in New Orleans, LA and at 19 subsequent meetings. The principal objectives were to: (1) provide a forum for participants from Latin America to speak in Spanish and (2) promote participant interaction with mosquito control industry representatives and professional colleagues in the USA who are involved in mosquito control, training, and research in universities and state and federal agencies. Over 600 presentations, by attendees from 10 countries in the Americas, have been given and simultaneously translated into English. Topics addressed each year typically include mosquito control; dengue; malaria; West Nile virus; insecticide resistance; and population genetics, molecular, taxonomic, ecological, and/or behavioral studies of many mosquito species. Many of those at the plenary session here in Lexington are probably unaware of the “AMCA’s Best Kept Secret” and all members are encouraged to stop by tomorrow’s session and see what is going on.