Brunswick County Mosquito Control Supervisor receives recognition for recent publication

11.08.2022

Brunswick County Mosquito Control Supervisor receives recognition for recent publication

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Mosquito Control Supervisor Jeff Brown has been recognized by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) with a front-page publication in their September 2022 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health (JEH).

NEHA recognized Brown for the following co-authored study: “Operational Insights into Mosquito Control Disaster Response in Coastal North Carolina: Experiences with the Federal Emergency Management Agency After Hurricane Florence.” The publication observed local and federal mosquito control response to Hurricane Florence. The goal of this study was to protect public health and promote recovery efforts after a hurricane by minimizing human–mosquito interactions. Brown and his co-authors provided practical advice for how mosquito control programs can plan, prepare, and implement a successful mosquito control response after a hurricane. You can read more about the publication here.

The authors dedicated this article to the late Rick Hickman, a retiree from Brunswick County Mosquito Control, who provided invaluable operational mosquito control insight to this publication and Brunswick County.

“I believe that our work has proven Brunswick County to be a leader for North Carolina in post-disaster mosquito control response,” Brown said. “I’m happy to see Rick’s contributions to the public safety of Brunswick County live on through this incredible research.”

Mosquito Control Supervisor
Jeff Brown

Brown’s recent publication is one of many research studies he has contributed to. Previous publications include but are not limited to:

Jian, Y., Silvestri, S., Brown, J., Hickman, R., & Marani, M. (2014). The Temporal Spectrum of Adult Mosquito Population Fluctuations: Conceptual and Modeling Implications. PLoS ONE, 9(12). doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0114301

Sither, C. B., Hopkins, V. E., Harrison, B. A., Bintz, B. J., Hickman, E. Y., Brown, J. S., Wilson, M. R., & Byrd, B. D. (2013). Differentiation of Aedes atlanticus and Aedes tormentor by restriction fragment length polymorphisms of the second internal transcribed spacer. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association29(4), 376–379. doi.org/10.2987/13-6335.1

Brown, J., & Hickman, R. (2005). Vector bearings: An Operational Timeline for Initiating Eastern Equine Encephalitis Bridge Vector Control. Wing Beats, 16(3), 7–8. brunswickcountync.gov/WingBeatsFall2005-Vol16-No3

Brown, J. S. (1997). Chronology of a Mosquito Control Effort after Hurricane Fran. Journal of Environmental Health, 60(5), 8–13. jstor.org/stable/44532817

In addition to these publications, Brown has contributed to over 25 articles in the North Carolina Mosquito & Vector Control Association (NCMVCA) newsletter – The Biting Times – in the last two decades. He is currently conducting research for two additional publications; one is currently under review with the Journal of Medical Entomology, and the other is a manuscript that is still in-progress.

Brunswick County has spent many years planning and preparing for post-disaster situations. Brunswick County was the first in the state to implement multi-jurisdictional post-disaster debris contracts, which was done years ago to benefit the county’s municipalities. The County was also the first to successfully put into place the state’s first pre-positioned post-disaster aerial mosquito control contract. As a result of these efforts, North Carolina now has multi-jurisdictional post-disaster debris and mosquito control contracts in place for local governments.

Brown, along with Operation Services Assistant Director of Administration Heather Murray and Mosquito Control Project Coordinator Abram Young, took lead on the development of the County’s post-disaster mosquito control contract after Hurricane Florence. The team worked with county departments and FEMA to successfully acquire the response and reimbursement needed to recover after the disaster.

“I am thankful to the Health, Finance, and EMS departments for their assistance and guidance during post-disaster activities, as the County’s debris and mosquito responses require their input and reporting to be most effective and reimbursable,” Operation Services Director Stephanie Lewis said. “I am also thankful to my staff for their hard work in overseeing these contracts, which were able to significantly impact the response and reimbursement our county received after Florence.”

To learn more about Brunswick County Mosquito Control, visit brunswickcountync.gov/mosquito-control.

ABOUT THE JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

The Journal of Environmental Health (JEH) is published 10 times per year and keeps readers updated on current issues, new research, useful products and services, and employment opportunities. As the only direct link to the complete spectrum of environmental health topics, the JEH reaches more than 20,000 professionals working to solve problems in areas such as air quality, drinking water, emergency and all-hazards preparedness, vector control, wastewater management, water pollution control, and many more. To be eligible for publication, researchers must undergo a thorough reviewal process by the JEH that takes approximately six to nine months to complete. Once the research has been reviewed, revised, and approved, the publication is then scheduled for the soonest and most appropriate issue possible. Learn more at www.neha.org/jeh

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