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WHEREAS, mosquito borne diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Zika virus, and other mosquito-borne illnesses have historically been a source of human and animal suffering, illness, and death in the United States and worldwide; and
WHEREAS, an excess 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, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) was established on June 26, 1935 to provide a nationally organized network to help mosquito control professionals develop and encourage effective and environmentally safe mosquito control activities; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Mosquito Control Association (VMCA) serves to facilitate 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 has partnered with multiple state agencies and government organizations in a public awareness campaign to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus, Zika virus, and other mosquito-borne viruses and encourage the elimination of mosquito breeding habitats around the home; and
WHEREAS, it is important for individuals and organizations to work with the Virginia Department of Health and local mosquito control organizations to help decrease the effects of mosquito borne illnesses;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 25-27, 2021, as a MOSQUITO CONTROL AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.