Mosquito Abatement in Louisiana Post Katrina and Rita

Course Description:

On August 31, 2005, the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and its associated storm surge resulted in the destruction of large areas of Louisiana, which included Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes and the cities of Slidell and New Orleans. Three weeks later, Hurricane Rita pushed a second record storm surge over the western coast of Louisiana, destroying huge areas of Cameron and Vermillion Parishes. Vector control became an issue of utmost importance. Many of the professionals who normally handled these duties had evacuated and were as far away as California.

This course will address the mosquito/vector control response capacity pre-Katrina and Rita and compare it to mosquito/vector control response post-hurricane. Other topics to be covered include vector-related public health concerns such as arboviruses, as well as vectors of concern such as various mosquitoes, filth flies, bottle and blow flies, and rats. The course also will address the vector-related problems that continue to confront professionals, as storm-related changes in the ecology of vast areas of the state present ongoing challenges to mosquito abatement.

Note: This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Describe several post hurricane (major) public health vector concerns
  • Discuss several Katrina/Rita public health vector abatement solutions
  • Explain how post Katrina/Rita ecological changes have permanently altered vector abatement in Louisiana
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Mosquito Abatement in Louisiana Post Katrina and Rita
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Kyle Moppert

Kyle Moppert
Medical Entomologist, Department of Health and Hospitals
Office of Public Health, Center for Environmental Health Services

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Mosquito Abatement in Louisiana Post Katrina and Rita


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Required Hardware/software

System Settings 
This course is designed to work most effectively if your computer and internet connection meet certain minimal requirements. This course can be accessed using a Windows 10 PC or a Mac with High Sierra1, Mojave, or Catalina. Pop-up blockers should be disabled when viewing the course. Internet Explorer 11 (for Windows 10), or the current version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari (for Windows 10 and or Mac) is required. Many of our courses require Java and JavaScript enabled. 

Links to External Websites   
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Internet Connection Speed 
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