Public Notice

Public Notice

Volunteer resources and contacts to help post-Hurricane Dorian

09.07.2019

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Emergency Services coordinates offers for donations and volunteer assistance with the Brunswick County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

Questions about who to contact for help, how to volunteer or how to donate items? Contact Emergency Services Volunteer and Nonprofit Coordinator Leslie Stanley for direction to the appropriate VOAD agency or county department based on your needs.

A list of VOAD partner organizations that may be able to assist residents with unmet and construction needs post-Hurricane Dorian is available at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/voad/

Based on the level of impact to Brunswick County, VOAD anticipates that its available resources are enough to serve the areas affected by Hurricane Dorian. VOAD is thankful to everyone who has reached out to offer help.

Follow updates at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/dorian/

West Nile found in Culiseta melanura mosquito in Brunswick County

08.22.2019

West Nile found in Culiseta melanura mosquito in Brunswick County

Mosquito breed only bites birds in wild populations

MEDIA RELEASE

Bolivia, N.C. – The State Laboratory of Public Health identified West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitoes collected in the central part of the county Aug. 13, 2019. Residents should not be alarmed at this time. Brunswick County would like to take the opportunity to inform residents and recommend precautions to avoid mosquito bites and breeding.

The type of mosquito collected that tested positive for West Nile Virus was the species Culiseta melanura, This mosquito only bites birds in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans. County mosquito control officials regularly monitor the mosquito species to identify West Nile activity and direct mosquito spraying operations to reduce the risk to the human and horse populations.

The Culiseta melanura species is occasionally collected in light traps in Brunswick County. This mosquito is considered a tree canopy mosquito and rarely leaves the deep woodland habitats.

Individuals should minimize their exposure to mosquitoes during outside activities especially during dusk and dawn. Mosquito populations tend to be more active in wooded areas this time of year limiting adult control options.

“We can address areas that we can access with the mosquito truck, but we cannot effectively address mosquito populations deep in the woods. This is why personal protection measures are so important to hunters and outdoorsmen,” said Jeff Brown, the Mosquito Control Supervisor for Brunswick County.

David Stanley, the county’s Health and Human Services executive director, urged residents to wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellent.

If using repellent with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.

If you are a horse owner, consult your veterinarian regarding proper protective vaccines for your horses and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding.

For more information regarding mosquitoes or mosquito control activities in your area, go to https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/mosquito-control/

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For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at (910) 253-2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov