|4:10 PM-5:00 PM
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever at Our Door – Reviewing the Risk of Importing RMSF in Brown Dog Ticks from Mexico and Arizona
Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) has been a relatively rare disease in California, and has historically been associated with ticks that thrive in natural areas. This talk is intended to prepare practitioners to identify potential cases and to report them to public health agencies. We will review the recent history of RMSF caused by brown dog ticks, basic tick identification, how to interpret RMSF tests, and prevention recommendations.
|5:10 PM-6:00 PM
The Spread of Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes in Southern California – New Vectors for Heartworm and Human Diseases
Since 2010, three new species of drought-resistant, invasive mosquitoes species have been spreading in California:
The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti), and the Australian backyard mosquito (Aedes notoscriptus). They are potential vectors for heartworm disease and multiple human diseases. This session will review the latest data on their locations, biology, diseases they can spread, and how veterinarians can embrace their public health role in helping to protect both animals and the human community from mosquito-borne diseases.