ESA Receives ASAE Honors for Its Summit on the Aedes aegypti Crisis in the Americas
Annapolis, MD; July 14, 2016 --The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has earned a 2016 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its "Summit on the Aedes aegypti Crisis in the Americas," a meeting bringing together entomologists and public-health officials from around the world to discuss the best ways to control the mosquito that transmits Zika and also is the primary transmitter of dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever, making it one of the deadliest animals on the planet.
ASAE honored ESA’s proactive formation of international partnerships with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Armed Forces Pest Management Board, the Pan American Health Organization, the Brazilian Ministry of Health, and representatives from other entomological societies in South America.
“Congratulations to ESA for helping to make the world a better and more prepared and healthful place,” said Sharon J. Swan, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “Their initiative exemplifies how associations are a positive force in our everyday lives – not just to the profession or industry they represent, but to society at large.”
The summit was crucial, as the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and other health issues, has the potential to affect millions of people, especially with the summer Olympics coming to Brazil in August 2016. Additionally, according to the CDC, “With more than one-third of the world’s population living in areas at risk for infection, dengue virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 400 million people are infected yearly.”
The primary objectives of the summit were to convene major knowledge leaders involved in the research and control of this mosquito and to identify immediate steps needed to create long-term, sustainable, public-health solutions.
The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit http://www.entsoc.org.