2018-2019 MMCA Board and Committees
Will the future of MMCA perhaps involve renaming? - Michigan Mosquito and Tick Control Association, Michigan Vector Control Association, or some other?
Lyme disease, which is transmitted by the Black Legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis), is currently the most common vector-borne disease in the country, significantly outpacing human cases of West Nile virus (WNV). For instance, according to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2017 there were just under 30K cases of Lyme disease in the US while 2K cases of WNV were confirmed. Furthermore, there has been a consistent upward trend in Lyme disease incidence over the past few decades.
Ticks and tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Michigan; expanding mostly from the western portions of Michigan, along the coasts of the Great Lakes and increasingly into interior counties. In the Upper Peninsula, similar spread of ticks is occurring from west to east. Surveys of black legged ticks in Michigan are revealing Lyme borealis (causative agent of Lyme disease). Furthermore, there were 260 human cases of Lyme disease in Michigan in 2018.
Ticks are increasing in geographic distribution as well as abundance in Michigan and with them comes added risk of disease. No doubt they will demand more attention among public health professionals in the coming years. This association may decide that expanding our scope and mission into this realm is a worthy and relevant endeavor.
Dr. Carl Doud
Board Members terms will expire:
February 2021 - David Driver and Ben Seago
February 2020 - Britanie Rountree, Melinda Moreno, and Thys Kotze
Awards & Recognition - Mary McCarry
Finance - Melinda Moreno
Legislative Liaison - Carl Doud
Member and Nominating - Britanie Rountree
2020 Planning - Ned Walker
Public Education and Information - Joyce McLaughlin
Scientific - Bill Stanuszek
7F Training Seminar - Rebecca Brandt