ONE HEALTH COMMITTEE

Environmental Concerns

Mosquito Tracking and Abatement

Mosquitoes carry West Nile Virus, which infects birds, horses, and humans; and Heartworm Disease, which infects dogs and cats.

Ada County Mosquito Tracker: https://adacounty.id.gov/Mosquito-Abatement/Mosquito-Tracker

The mosquito tracker shows surveillance data for West Nile positive mosquitoes in Ada County.

Mosquito Abatement is administered by county governments.  Visit your county website for more information.

Ticks

Ticks transmit Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Tularemia, and possibly other vector-borne diseases.

CDC Map for Geographic Distribution of Ticks: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html

Blue-Green Algae

Blue-green algae may be harmful to people, pets, and livestock.

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Blue-Green Algae and Algal Bloom Information: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/surface-water/recreation-health-advisories/blue-green-algae/

Follow the links to the advisory map, or follow the links to report an algal bloom.

Want to report a case of blue-green algae toxicity in non-human animals?  Collection of data helps to advance knowledge and develop best medicine.  Submit a report to the IVMA here:

IVMA Reporting System submission form

Data collected here will be published on IVMA’s website and in the IVMA newsletter, and may be included in IVMA’s e-mail alerts.  IVMA may also pass along data to Idaho Public Health, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, or Idaho Department of Environmental Quality if deemed relevant.

Air Quality

Do you operate a crematory for animals?  Crematories may need to abide the same burn restrictions mandated for open fires.  Check with your local fire department.

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Regional Information: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/monitoring/daily-reports-and-forecasts.aspx  – Use the drop-down menus to specify your region.

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