News Briefs
December 16, 2016


Interested in a career in mosquito and vector control? Check out the MVCAC Job Board at


Have a Job or RFP to post to  

Requests to post job listings (no more than 500 words in length) should be submitted to the webmaster at


Do you have important news to share about your district or mosquito and vector issues?

If you would like your news to be included in the MVCAC News Briefs, please send press releases and/or links to relevant news articles to
Mailing Address:
1 Capitol Mall
Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
MVCAC Sustaining Member Corner
Note: MVCAC does not endorse the products below, but we do support our Sustaining Members
Central Life Sciences has announced the release of Aqua Zenivex™ E20, a reduced-risk adulticide for mosquito control professionals.  

85th Annual Conference - 
Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters
The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) will hold its 85th Annual Conference on March 26-29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego. You are invited to submit a paper or poster for presentation at the conference.

This presentation should be related to mosquitoes or other vectors, the disease organisms they transmit, or their surveillance and control. Presentations may be about research results, the development and testing of new methods, equipment or products, education, community outreach and the adaptation or development of new technology relating to vector research, surveillance or control, or the administration of a vector control agency.

Deadline for submission of the completed "Request to Present a Paper" form is  Monday December 19, 2016Requests received after the deadline may not be accepted.

2017 Annual Meeting
March 26-29
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay (San Diego)

Click here  to login and register online now!
Click here  to download the registration form

Hotel Rooms:
Click here to book your hotel room(s) -  $139 plus taxes and an optional resort fee
Please note: The MVCAC policy for booking rooms will be in effect for this meeting (a first night's deposit required at time of reservation being made).

DRAFT ScheduleClick here to download

For more information, visit our website.
December Planning Meeting Minutes Available Now
The post event packet is now available for the December 2, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting.

To login to our website and download/view the documents, click the button below.
Jack Cavier Retiring from Glenn County MVCD
From Jack Cavier:

I - Jack Cavier will be retiring on December 30, 2016 after almost 42 years in Mosquito Control and the last 13 years as District Manager.  I also served on the Biological Committee many years ago. The Board of Trustees have promoted Asst. Manager - Luke Niblack to District Manager starting January 1, 2017.  It  been an honor to have work with the great people with our MVCAC association over the many years.

Thanks Again,
Jack F. Cavier Jr.
Min-Lee Cheng Retiring from West Valley MVCD
From Min-Lee Cheng:

I have planned to retire from the West Valley MVCD for some time. Yesterday (Dec. 7), the board announced that Dr. Michelle Brown will be the new manager for the District. Michelle's email address is: Michelle worked as the Vector Ecologist at Northwest MVCD prior to accepting this new post at West Valley MVCD. Michelle and I will work together through the rest of December.
The time that I have worked in the vector control community since 1999 has been the best and most rewarding years of my professional career. Not only did I learn a lot from many of you in managing an independent district government, but also treasured the friendship and warmness you have shown me.
It saddens me to leave such a wonderful professional community, but you will always be in my heart wherever I may go.
My contact information is: 909-772-8118 (cell)
Wishing you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season!
2017 Sentinel Chicken Orders 
Chickens are being supplied by Haley Farms in Modesto for Northern California and by Demler Egg Ranch for Southern California.  

The form due dates and chicken pick-up dates are as follows:
Southern Region: (Demler)
Pick-up date:  March 28, 2017 (8 a.m.) in San Jacinto
Order form due date: March 15, 2017

Northern Region: (Haley's)
Pick-up date:  April 20, 2017 (7 a.m. - 9 a.m.) in Modesto
Order form due date: April 5, 2017

For more information, please visit our website.
CDPH media release: Zika and Travel
CDPH has issued a media release " Holiday Travelers Reminded to Take Precautions to Prevent Zika ", there is also an accompanying  travel advisory .
DART holiday schedule
The DART laboratory will be closed for the holidays from December 26, 2016 - January 3, 2017. Please do not ship any bird or mosquito samples to DART during this time. The lab will re-open on January 4.
Wishing everyone a healthy & peaceful holiday season,
Tina Feiszli
Senior Public Health Biologist
California Dept. Public Health
Vector-Borne Disease Section
850 Marina Bay Parkway
Richmond, CA  94804
Ph: 510-412-6253
NPDES Coalition Members
The MVCAC Executive Committee has approved the renewal of the NPDES Coalition Agreement for the monitoring and reporting permit for the period 2016-2021. The agreement and rules were emailed to the Districts, please  contact MVCAC Staff if you need another copy.

We need each member of the Coalition to sign and return the permit application either by mail or email.
MVCAC News Briefs - Zika Updates
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding Zika.
CDC Zika Virus Web Page

CDC Zika Virus Microsite

CDPH Zika Virus Web Page

12/15/16: CDC Declares Texas Town a 'Yellow' Zika Virus Zone - NBC NEWS

12/14/16: Exotic mosquitoes could bring Zika, dengue outbreaks - The Weekend Austrailian

12/13/16: Birth Defects Among Fetuses and Infants of US Women With Evidence of Possible Zika Virus Infection During Pregnancy - The JAMA Network
MVCAC News Briefs - Other Outbreaks
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding other outbreaks.
12/13/16: Malaria control improves for vulnerable in Africa, but global progress off-track - World Health Organization