RSVP Workshop 1: Exploring Climate Change Impacts on Vector-Borne Disease

Moderator: Judith Swift, Coastal Institute Director Monday, December 10 8:30 a.m. to noon Hazard Conference Room, Coastal Institute URI Bay Campus 218 South Ferry Road Narragansett, RI 02882 This workshop will begin with a review of the natural history of mosquitoes and ticks, the diseases they carry and how this is likely to change as Rhode Island becomes warmer and wetter. This will serve as the basis for a discussion and debate of the best practices for vector control, and the policies that need to be in place to implement these measures. Case studies of current controversies, such as spraying for mosquitoes in Portsmouth and deer control in Jamestown, will help guide workshop participants towards consensus on best practices. Discussions will include consideration of the trade-offs of promoting healthful outdoor activity while trying to minimize exposure to mosquitoes and ticks The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for questions from the public and a summary of next steps for State agencies, municipal governments, and other climate change stakeholders. It is hoped that dialogue furthered by the conference will lead to the development of one or more white papers on climate change adaptation strategies for limiting vector-borne disease.
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