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WHEREAS, mosquito borne diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Zika virus, and other forms of arboviral encephalitis have historically been a source of human and animal suffering, illness, and death in the United States and worldwide; and
WHEREAS, an excessive number of mosquitoes diminishes our enjoyment of the outdoors, public parks and playgrounds, hinders outdoor work, decreases livestock productivity, and reduces property values; and
WHEREAS, it is important to encourage effective and environmentally safe mosquito control activities, and it is fitting to facilitate communication and education among Virginia's mosquito control professionals to improve the effectiveness of mosquito control operations in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Mosquito Control Association facilitates communication and education among Virginia’s mosquito control professionals to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mosquito control operations in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Health works with multiple state agencies and government organizations to raise public awareness to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus, Zika, and other mosquito borne viruses and encourage the elimination of mosquito breeding habitats in residential areas; and
WHEREAS, it is important for individuals and organizations to work with the Virginia Department of Health, local health departments, and local mosquito control organizations to help decrease the effects of mosquito-borne illnesses;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 24-30, 2018, as NATIONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.